Juvenile Green Sea Turtle ‘Islander’ Finds New Home at Brevard Zoo After Being Stranded in Palm Bay

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Islander also has a large amount of gas in their GI that is leaving them buoyan

‘Islander’, a larger juvenile green sea turtle, was found stranded at the Lazy Turtle Restaurant Palm Bay on February 21. Upon intake at the Brevard Zoo, Islander presented lethargic; heavily covered in algae, mud, and isopods; and with a large FP load. (Brevard Zoo image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – ‘Islander’, a larger juvenile green sea turtle, was found stranded at the Lazy Turtle Restaurant Palm Bay on February 21. Upon intake at the Brevard Zoo, Islander presented lethargic; heavily covered in algae, mud, and isopods; and with a large FP load.

Fortunately, this sea turtle has a decent body condition and their preliminary bloodwork was not overly concerning (they are just a little anemic).

This patient was brought to Rockledge Regional Medical Center for a CT scan the day after intake, which uncovered a small area in the right lung that is concerning, but Brevard Zoo will monitor monthly for any changes.

Islander also has a large amount of gas in their GI that is leaving them buoyant, but they have already shown interest in food, so we are hopeful that things will start moving along quickly.

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