Abu is part of our “Disney sidekick” naming theme for 2023. Abu arrived on February 13 from Vilano Beach, right here in St. Johns County. Abu was found washed ashore, heavily covered in epibiota (organisms like barnacles, sea squirts, and marine leeches living on the surface of another organism). Heavy epibiota is an indication that Abu hasn’t been very mobile in his/her natural habitat.
On intake examination, Abu was in good body condition with mild Fibropapilloma (FP) tumors located on both eyes, both inguinal regions (rear flippers) and both axillary regions (arm pit areas). Unfortunately, the heavy amount of marine leeches on Abu caused dermatitis and caused her blood values to be low.
After a three-hour fresh water soak to remove all the marine leeches and other epibiota, Abu was able to move into one of our rehab tanks. He/she immediately started readily eating seafood for staff. After a few days of antibiotics, fluid therapy and vitamin supplements, Abu’s blood values improved. Now we can start getting rid of those tumors!