hula cuteStranded 8/29/2015


Hula is a juvenile Hawksbill sea turtle. She was found on the beach, covered in algae and barnacles. She had no obvious external injuries, but there was oil/tar inside her mouth. After a few days in our ICU, she began to pass an oily substance, as well as several large chunks of plastic. Hula is currently being monitored in our ICU.

October Update: Hula is starting to eat on her own. She is still severely underweight and has problems diving. She is receiving medication in our ICU.

December Update: Hula has started to eat well twice daily but is still underweight for her size. Hula also still suffers from buoyancy problems that cause her to float as a symptom of her injuries. Small weights have been applied to her shell to help her dive.  Hula continues to be monitored in our ICU, where she enjoys scratching her shell and hanging out on her PVC “back-scratcher”.

March Update: Hula has been moved to her own tank!!! She is diving and all weights should be removed soon, but she still must be hand fed her seafood. Hula has a lot of co-ordination issues and she is unable to find the food. We are trying to teach her to follow the food. We are uncertain at this time what is causing her co-ordination issues. Hula continues to receive medication and we are hoping with time, she will make a full recovery.

April Update: As of 4/9, Hula was diving for her own food!!! Let's hope this progress continues!

June Update: Hula is swimming, diving and eating wonderfully!!! Expect a late summer release!

August Update:  Hula is very active and is still eating well, but we are still hoping to get a few more pounds on her before her release. Still hoping for late summer.

September Update: Hula started re-emitting an oily substance. A fecal sample was examined by Dr. Tom at  the Gladys Porter Zoo. Further meds to help clear Hula's GI tract of the oily substance are being administered.

October Update:  Although Hula was swimming and diving well, and eating on her own, she was not gaining weight. In September she started re-emitting an oily substance. This prompted us to move her back into ICU where she is being administered a new regimen of medicines and antibiotics.

November Update:  Yay!!! Hula has been moved back to an outdoor rehabilitation tank. We switched Hula's feeding to twice a day, and we think that is helping! Hula has gained  a .6 of a pound, which is a 5% increase in weight!!! She is now at 13.6 pounds.

December Update:   Hula is now at 15.3 pounds!!!! that is 3.3 pounds since 10/29! Yahoo!!!!

January 2, 2017 Update:   Hula is now a whopping 17.2 pounds!!!! Keep growing Hula! as of 1/17, make it 17.5 pounds!!!

February 14, 2017 Update: "I'm so excited!!!!!" Hula is almost 19 pounds!!!! that is 6.9 pounds since 10/29!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 22, 2017 Update: 20.7 pounds!!!!

April 20, 2017 Update: 22.2 pounds!!! Anticipating an offshore release in June!

May 18, 2017 Update: Release date: June 12th, 2017! Will be taken to the ‘South Padre Island Underwater Park’ at the U.S./Mexico border, via the Coast Guard.