Endangered Sea Turtle Found in the Panhandle is in Treatment

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Meet Freud, the turtle.

When rescuers found the 22-pound juvenile green sea turtle off the Navarre Beach Pier in November 2012, it was lethargic, bloated and covered with algae.

Veterinarians nicknamed it Floater because it can't dive.

"We did a physical exam on it, we took blood and then we discovered there was air in the Coelomic Cavity,” said Dr. Lydia Staggs, Gulf World Resident Veterinarian.

Vets at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach began treating Freud.

But they could not get the air out of his body.

"We contacted gulf coast medical center, and they graciously took in the turtle for a c-t scan,” said Staggs.

That scan revealed more problems, so Gulf World sent Freud to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa in January. They initially thought the turtle had air in its body, but couldn't figure out what was causing it to collecting. So this week, veterinarians took Freud to the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation.

"It has gotten quite a bit worse, because we were draining a small amount of air out and now they are draining a big amount of air out,” said Staggs.

Experts examined the turtle's airway with a tiny camera and performed advanced digital scans, and they've come up with a course of treatment.

"They are doing their best to get him back into the wild and hopefully once he's been rehabilitated, he will come back here and we will release him off the coast of the panhandle, “ said Staggs.