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      Loggerhead Marinelife Center                       a systemic infection

      Tips Its Hat To Topsy After A                      and hypoglycemia,
                                                         which were treated.
      Two And A Half-Year Hospital                       In addition, it received
                                                         daily wound care.
      Stay                                                  All in all, this sea
                                                         turtle’s recovery is
         On Wednesday, June 23, Loggerhead Marinelife Center   unique in every way.
      (LMC) released its longest-term patient to date, a sub-adult   Topsy is the first to
      green sea turtle named Topsy. Topsy first arrived at the center on   receive an Inconel
      Dec. 18, 2018 after sustaining boat strike trauma to its carapace   implant to correct its
      and being rescued by the United States Coast Guard personnel   buoyancy disorder.
      offshore. Two and a half years later, the sea turtle patient was   Although the innovative procedure was not a total success, it   in sea turtles. Moreover, the sea turtle offered new antimicrobial
      deemed healthy for release by the Florida Fish and Wildlife   provided LMC’s rehabilitation team with unique insight to treat   approaches to infection, tissue healing and understanding about
      Conservation Commission (FWC) and LMC veterinarians.   other patients with similar conditions and to strengthen chances   chronic stress in sea turtles.
         Upon discovery, the patient was in great distress and unable   of more successful releases. Topsy also received advanced CT      “While two years is a considerable stay, Topsy’s clinical
      to dive or stay underwater due to injuries associated with   imaging thanks to the medical staff at Jupiter Medical Center,   course offered unique insights into the medical management of
      unintentional boat strikes. Additionally, its blood work revealed   providing a greater understanding of the pathology of diseases   a complicated case,” said LMC Director of Rehabilitation, Dr.
                                                                                                           Max Polyak. “What we’ve learned from Topsy’s health journey
                                                                                                           will add significantly to our approach in treating similar injuries
                    let’s get                                                                              and diseases in future patients.”

                                                                                                             In its recovery, Topsy’s buoyancy disorder was temporarily
                         peachy                                                                            regularly assessed and refined. After over two years of time, the
                                                                                                           alleviated with a lead weight attached to its carapace, which was
                                                                                                           turtle was finally able to swim without additional weight. In that
                                                                                                           same time frame, the patient’s other conditions were successfully
                                                                                                           treated and the turtle was medically cleared for release.
                                                                                                              Topsy has been released behind the center on Juno Beach,
                                                                                                           Fla. The hospital staff and its partners are keeping a watchful eye
                                                                                                           to ensure that the sea turtle continues to successfully assimilate
                                                                                                           into its ocean home.
                                                                                                              Wish Topsy well! For more information on current or
                                                                                                           previous patients, please visit
                                                                                                           About Loggerhead Marinelife Center
                                                                                                              Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a nonprofit sea turtle
                                                                                                           research, rehabilitation and educational institution that promotes
                                                                                                           conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and
                                                                                                           endangered sea turtles. The center features an on-site hospital,
                                                                                                           research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums, and
                                                                                                           also operates the Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class
                                                                                                           angling and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most
                                                                                                           important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife
                                                                                                           Center is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free of
                                                                                                           charge each year. The center’s conservation team works with
                                                                                                           90 local and international organizations across six continents
                                                                                                           to form partnerships and share conservation initiatives and best
                                                                                                           practices that are core to its mission of ocean conservation. The
                                                                                                           center is expanding and has launched its Waves of Progress
                    Celebrate National Peach Month!                                                        capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify
                                                                                                           LMC’s conservation and education impact. When complete,
                                                                                                           the facility will offer one of the world’s most advanced and
                      Come in for a personal tour of our community                                         unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more
                                                                                                           information, visit or call (561) 627-8280.
             ANY WEDNESDAY IN AUGUST and we’ll send you home                                                               Photos by Loggerhead Marinelife Center
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