Euphorbia's Story

Euphorbia is an adult female Loggerhead sea turtle that was rescued in the Port Everglades Powerplant canal in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Euphorbia sustained severe flipper wounds to their front right flipper leaving their joint exposed and requiring immediate veterinary care. 8 months of rehabilitation involving medical grade maggots, laser therapy and physical therapy, Euphorbia recovered and was released offshore of the Boca Raton Inlet.

Sea Turtle Information

Species: Loggerhead
Age: Adult (~30+ yrs), female
Location: Fort Pierce, FL
Concern: Flipper Wounds
Status: Recovered & Released
Weight: 114.3 kg



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.