Diseases of Aquatic Organisms

Sea Turtle Diseases

The most common disease among sea turtles is fibropapillomatosis (FP). FP primarily affects loggerhead and green sea turtles and causes tumors in the turtles.

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center Honolulu Field Station and the National Marine Fisheries Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program have had an ongoing collaboration to find the cause and epizootiology of fibropapillomatosis. 


M. Camille Hopkins, DVM, MS, PhD

Wildlife Disease Specialist
Phone: 703-648-4019