Date: June 1, 2020 (Transferred on June 3, 2020)
Location: Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier
Circumstances: hook interaction
Melody’s story began a bit further west than most of GWMI’s turtle patients, at the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier. She had been entangled with another large loggerhead, who managed to escape during Melody’s rescue. Hooked with a J hook in the left front flipper, Melody was retrieved by Gulfarium C.A.R.E.’s rescue team. Additionally, her left front flipper comes up a bit short; the second half is missing! The injury is healing, so the source of the trauma is unknown. And in case she wasn’t interesting enough, she has an unknown tumor on her left eye! The tumor is unusual, and needed closer examination.
After close observation for a few weeks, the veterinary team and FWC officials have confirmed that the tumor is not the result of the fibropapillomatosis (sea turtle virus related to the herpes virus). Melody initially received antibiotics to treat any lingering infection from the injury to her left front flipper, but these have stopped as her bloodwork and behavior continued to look good. She is now in a full depth habitat in order to exercise her flippers completely, and for the rescue team to ensure she can handle a deep water column.
GWMI wants to extend our thanks to all parties involved in Melody’s rescue.