Wormhole was rescued from the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier after being accidentally hooked by a fisherman for the fourth time! In the latest stranding, Wormhole was hooked in the mouth and flipper, with fishing line entangled around the neck. Previously, a hook had been removed from their jaw and Wormhole was released at Red Reef Park, stranded again at the same pier with a swallowed fish hook that requiring surgery. Wormhole was encountered a third time at the Deerfield Pier after being hooked and was released after we identified their tag numbers. Wormhole was released for the forth time near Long Key, FL. Read all about our research on sea turtles repeatedly hooked at fishing piers in the July 2020 issue of Hammock Happenings.
Age: Juvenile (~4-7 yrs)
Location: Deerfield Beach, FL
Ailment: Fishing Hook
Status: Recovered & Released
Weight: 3.9 kg
2021-Aug-27 Released near Long Key.
2021-Aug-15 Cleared for release.
2021-Jul-15 Recovering well from surgery.
2021-Jun-15 Surgery performed to remove hook.
2021-Jun-12 Rescued at Deerfield Beach Pier entangled in fishing gear and swallowed hook.
2020-Sep-17 Released at Round Island Park.
2020-Aug-6 Veterinarian cleared for release!
2020-Jul-1 Discontinue supportive medications. Eating well and active.
2020-Jun-16 Receiving daily treatments to prevent infection and heal lacerations on neck. Eating well.
2020-Jun-15 Rescued from Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier with fishing hooks caught in mouth and front right flipper. Monofilament and nylon braided line was wrapped around neck, as well. Brought to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Acoustic transmitter was missing.
2019-Aug-13 Released at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, Fl.
2019-Aug-6 Cleared for release by veterinarian.
2019-Jul-9 Fishing hook removed from throat. Monitor recovery.
2019-Jul-7 Rescued from Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier with fishing hook caught in throat and brought to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Acoustic transmitter still intact.
2019-Jun-21 Affixed with acoustic transmitter and released from Red Reef Park.
2019-Jun-16 Hook removed from jaw.X-rays confirmed no internal hooks.
2019-Jun-16 Rescued from the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier with fishing hook in lower right jaw and taken to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.