Lily was originally found floating off the coast of No Name Key in 2008, by a helpful fisherman. She was taken to the Marathon Turtle Hospital where she spent two years. During her stay, the doctors brainstormed ways to help Lily with her floatation issue. It was determined that she was hit by a boat propeller which damaged her ability to control her level in the water column. This causes her to constantly float at the surface. Medication was found to be ineffective, so it was decided that the best option would be attaching weights to her carapace (upper shell). Lily was deemed Non-releasable since the weights only stay attached for about a year at a time. As a non-releasable turtle, she needed to be relocated to a long term care facility like the Coastal Center.
Lily arrived at the Coastal Center on December 6th 2010. She was transferred to Florida Oceanographic so that she would have a larger living area and more appropriate surroundings for a turtle of her size and demeanor.
Since living at the Coastal Center, Lily has gotten a lot of attention! Her large parrot-like eyes and immense size surprises everyone who sees her, people find it hard to believe that she is only a sub adult. Her face is so unique compared to our other turtles that it even inspired a local artist to create a painting focusing on her alluring eyes.
Lily is approximately 135lbs and has an insatiable appetite - consuming lobster, squid and anything else that floats close to her nearly always open jaws. Lily is currently undergoing operant training during her feeding times and responses with freight train like force to her orange target without fail.
Turt was found floating in the intake canal of the Nuclear Power Plant in Fort Pierce in 2009. Unfortunately, that wasn't the first time he needed help. Turt was found with an internal pit tag that told a story of at least four other occurrences when humans had to step in to provide him aid. Concerned by the number of times the turtle had been scanned, the rescuers took him to Loggerhead Marinelife Turtle Hospital in Juno Beach with the hope that the doctors there would be able to determine what was causing this turtle so much turmoil.
After undergoing a series of tests at the hospital, Turt was diagnosed with spastic peristalsis of his large intestines, meaning he would need to be on medication to control his buoyancy for the rest of his life. Since the medicine needed to be administered every other day, he needed to find a facility that could care for him. That's when Florida Oceanographic got involved.
Turt came to the Coastal Center on July 23rd2010. He was first turtle to call the Center home. To say that Turt is spoiled would be an understatement. He is just under 100lbs and a sub adult in carapace size. He responds to a blue target during his operant training which leads to food and tactile rewards (just don't tell him we hide his medicine in his food). You can often find Turt foraging along the bottom of the Game Fish Lagoon eating algae or doing his daily workout routine of pushups, along the back of the Lagoon or in between the islands. He has been mischievous since day one and loves to keeps us on our toes.