That was then (inset, 1990) and this is the last time we saw him (1993).
|Quickstats: Seen 1991, 1992, 1993.||Summer updates: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.|
We first met this turtle in 1991. He could be identified from a distance because he had a U shaped chunk missing from the back of his carapace. Throughout that summer, he became a regular at the Turtle House.
By 1991, we knew the white lumps appearing on Hawaiian turtles were not normal, but in fact were tumors. We had learned that fibropapillomas were disfiguring and could doom an animal to emaciation and eventually, death.
Poino, we decided, would be a suitable name. Poino is the Hawaiian word for "misfortune, ill luck, distress, misery, damage, injury: unfortunate." Poino, the unfortunate one, received his name because of the tumor that had already covered half his right eye. Examination of the left eye revealed the beginning of a tumor there also.
By 1993, Poino's right eye was clumped over with a tumor the size of a golf ball. The left eye was now half obscured by the growing tumor there. Poino's tail had shown major growth and he revealed himself to be a young male.
We did not see him last year.
Poino was not seen in 1995.
Poino was not seen in 1996. We believe Poino is dead.
Poino was not seen in 1997.
Poino was not seen in 1998.
Poino was not seen in 1999.
Poino was not seen in 2000.
Poino was not seen in 2001.
Poino was not seen in 2002.
Poino was not seen in 2003.
Poino was not seen in 2004.
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