Stranded 9/11/2016


PJ ispj a juvenile Atlantic green found at the Isla Blanca jetties, entangled in fishing line which had attached itself to the huge Fibropapilloma tumor at the lower end of his plastron. PJ will be transported to the Gladys Porter Zoo for laser tumor removal surgery.

October update: PJ had all tumors removed on 10/5 with the exception of a large tumor on the left rear flipper. The tumor extended very deep into the tissue surrounding the flipper bones. It is possible that the flipper will need to be amputated.

P.J. is recovering well from the initial surgery.

November update:  P.J. had the large tumor at the base of the right rear flipper removed on 11/9 and it was NOT necessary to amputate! The 'root' of the tumor went deep and our vet Dr. Tom thinks that he got it all, but we will be monitoring PJ closely for tumor re-growth.  PJ is now tumor-free except for the eye tumors, which will be addressed at a later date. PJ is recovering in ICU.

December update: PJ is gaining weight and has had some tumors removed around eyes. He is swimming with buds Jet, Key, and Toco.

January update: PJ should be headed back to surgery soon. January 31: PJ had additional tumors removed on 1/31.

February update: PJ is finishing up a course of antibiotics due to the most recent surgery. He is gaining weight. He stranded at 19.8 lbs and had some large tumors removed. As of this date, he weighs 21.5 lbs.

March update: PJ is doing well, still gaining weight., but on 3/20, some tumor regrowth was noted. He will scheduled back in for surgery soon.

April update: PJ had mores surgery on 4/13. He still has some tumors on his eyes. In spite of in and out surgeries, he is eating well and has gained weight! Up to 24.1 lbs.

May update: PJ is now at 25.5 lbs and is awaiting further surgeries.