Saving Sea Turtles is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Turtle Bio Page

Hey pals! The name’s Asparagus! I’m a juvenile green turtle and let me tell ya, it has not been easy being green! When I was rescued by the amazing folks at the Whitney Lab, 95% of my carapace was covered in epibiota, which means I was sick for a very long time. I had pneumonia and Fibropapilloma (FP) tumors on my right eye, neck, and all my flippers! It took weeks of intensive fluid therapy with vitamin supplements and a combination of antibiotics for my pneumonia to clear up. Then I had to have three tumor removal surgeries while in the care of UF Whitney Lab. But I’m excited to say I’m now tumor-tree and healthier than ever, and can’t wait to get back out there and start exploring the local waterways! Hopefully the water is healthy so I don’t end back up at the sea turtle hospital! I was very lucky to be rescued and receive excellent care but not all animals are so lucky. Clean water is crucial for sea turtles like me and my non-flippered friends. Make sure to cheer for me and spread the word to your friends!

I was named by my Sponsor, South Carolina DNR. Check out my marathon migration map, where you can follow along as I swim to raise awareness about the threat of Water Quality to sea turtles. Please help me raise awareness about my cause by supporting me!

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