Puzzle, Attempts to rebuild the carapace of a female green sea turtle injured by a boat strike in the BVIs, receive intravenous fluids
Injured Mature Female Green Sea Turtle Update
The team works to rebuild the carapace of a female green sea turtle injured by a boat strike in the BVIs
Attempts to rebuild the carapace of a female green sea turtle injured by a boat strike in the BVIs
Additional attempts to repair the carapace were monitored closely by the CWORI team.

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands – April 25, 2024

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Coral World Ocean and Reef Initiative (CWORI) made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Puzzle, the female green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) on April 20. Following more than a week of intensive diagnostic tests and analyses at Coral World, Puzzle was found to have both external and internal health complications that would make recovery from her injuries impossible. 

 “The battery of diagnostic tests that were performed on Puzzle indicated that she was gravely injured. Despite the heroic efforts of everyone involved, the most humane choice for Puzzle was euthanasia” said Dr. Heidi Stout, Veterinarian at CWORI. “The extent of her devastating injuries were confirmed on post mortem examination (animal autopsy). While Puzzle is a valuable loss to the breeding population of green sea turtles in the Virgin Islands, her legacy will be international partnerships that can assist injured sea turtles in the future.” 

 Dr. Sam Eliades, Director of Research and Conservation added “we knew Puzzle’s case would be a challenge from the start but that doesn’t make her loss any easier. We’re very proud of our animal husbandry and veterinary teams for their dedication to Puzzle. CWORI staff worked tirelessly to care for her and pursued every avenue possible to assist her. We hope this tragic incident will serve as an important reminder for everyone to be more aware of the wildlife around us.” 

CWORI would like to thank Canines, Cats, & Critters – BVI and the Association of Reef Keepers for their incredible efforts to help Puzzle. CWORI also thanks the many agencies that aided in her international transfer from the British Virgin Islands to the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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About Coral World Ocean and Reef Initiative, Inc.

CWORI is a 501(c)(3) U.S. nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization.  CWORI is dedicated to conserving marine habitats and wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation, restoration, research, and empowering others with public education. Its emphasis is on combatting coral disease and restoring coral reefs, the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles and birds, and marine mammal research.  For more information visit www.cwori.org