Euphorbia's Story


Euphorbia was found in the Port Everglades Powerplant canal in Fort Lauderdale, FL with severe flipper wounds to the front right flipper. As a mature female, there are also concerns that she may be carrying eggs, which may cause complications during recovery.

Turtle Information

Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Age: Adult (~30+ yrs)
Location: Fort Pierce, FL
Concern: Flipper Wounds
Status: Released
Weight: 114.3 kg 251.9 lbs


2018-Nov-11 Satellite transmitter applied and returned to sea ~1mile offshore of Boca Raton Inlet.

2018-Oct-20 Wounds fully healed. Veterinaran cleared for release. Tags applied to prepare for release.

2018-Sep-25 Range of motion improving, continue physical therapy.

2018-Sep-12 Moved into smaller tank for range of motion physical therapy.

2018-Aug-23 Moved into large tank for increased physical therapy swimming against stronger currents. Hold wound care and laser therapy.

2018-Jul-27 Wounds improving. Strong enough to begin physical therapy. Continue regular wound care and laser therapy.

2018-Jun-29 Radiographs confirm that flipper is healing well. Continue regular wound care and laser therapy. Discontinue antibiotics.

2018-May-20 Radiographs confirmed that eggs are not forming. Continue routine debridement and wound care. Continue laser therapy.

2018-Apr-20 Procedure performed by veterinarian to clean out wounds and suture to cover exposed joint in flipper. Continue gentle cleaning and honey application to wounds. Continue laser therapy.

2018-Apr-17 Third application of medicinal maggots to debride the flipper wounds.

2018-Apr-09 Begin MLS Laser therapy daily to promote healing.

2018-Apr-06 Second application of medicinal maggots to debride the flipper wounds.

2018-Apr-04 Application of medicial maggots to remove dead tissue from the wounds to promote healing. Dry docked for application.

2018-Apr-03 Rescued from Fort Lauderdale, FL with severe flipper wounds. Veterinarian debrided and sutured wounds. Began supportive care including fluids, vitamins, and antibiotics.

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