Current Patients

Rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles is an important part of Sea Turtle, Inc's mission to save sea turtles! Each year, we rehabilitate anywhere from 40-100+ patients and release them back to the ocean. The rehabilitation process can take days, months, or sometimes years, depending on our patient and its injury. Below, you can check out patients currently rehabilitating and awaiting release.

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Stranded 8/21/2016


Boerne is a beautiful Atlantic green juvenile. Tina & Michael Hollenbaugh, formerly from Boerne, saw him swimming off the jetties, distressed and entangled in fishing line. They called us after hours,  then jet skied out to pick him up and delivered him Dolphin Cove, where assistant curator Kat Lillie met them.  Boerne  is very active in his ICU pool, but we are still running diagnostics at the time of this writing.


                              Stranded 8/8/2016


bobBob is a sub-adult  Atlantic green sea turtle. Bob  was found in the bay near Holly Beach,  Laguna Vista. Bob had a commercial  longline hook embedded in his right flipper. The hook was removed and the wound is being treated. Bob is in ICU, eating very little. A laceration was discovered on the inside of his mouth, probably a result of him trying to free himself from the fishing line.


Bob is named for his founder Bob Blumberg. He and Melinda Bland were fishing in the bay, when they spotted a sea turtle struggling to remove itself from the longline. To see a video of Bob's rescue, go to


 Stranded 7/8/2016


Carolina is a sub-adult  Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found by  Darren Spearman, Aaron Cook and Scott Meeks when they went on a fishing trip with Capt. Andy Davila. caroline1While reeling in dinner, they spotted a sea turtle tangled in a mass of cables struggling to keep her head above water long enough to take a breath. They pulled her onto the boat and contacted Sea Turtle, Inc..Her right flipper was entangled in seismic gear (pictured right.)  This is the third Atlantic green that has been found in the Laguna Madre entangled in seismic cord in the past 15 months. Drifter, who is also a current patient, and April, who was released last fall, were the other two.caroline2

Carolina was transported to the Gladys Porter Zoo for amputation. She is recovering in our ICU and is responding well.

August UpdateCarolina has been receiving laser treatments at her amputation site twice a week. She has been eating some produce. She is still in ICU.




Stranded 6/05/2016


brownie1Brownie is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. His flipper was wrapped around fishing line, and there was a hook stuck near the injured flipper. It will take some time to determine if his flipper will heal. To read more about how humans endanger sea turtles, click here.

Sadly...Brownie's flipper had to be amputated. Since he lost the flipper on June 16, he has been morebrownie2 responsive and eating better. The wound is healing well.

July Update: Brownie is recovering well and has been moved to an outdoor rehabilitation tank with the buddies, Shakira, Harry, Crunchy Waves and Gabby to await FP laser surgery.

HEE HAW!!!!!  Brownie has recovered so well, that he was one of our first four turtles to have FP tumors removed via our new CO2 laser. Brownie's tumors were small and few and cauterized quickly. The surgery was performed at the Gladys Porter Zoo. Brownie returned home same day to recuperate in his hospital ICU bed!

August Update: Brownie is back swimming with buds Harry and Drifter. He appears to have made a full recovery from his FP surgery!




Stranded 4/04/2016

Drifter is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was spotted and rescued by Captain Faustino and his friend Ysidro Garcia while fishing aboard Faustino’s boat The Drifter. Drifter was in great distress. He was deeply entangled in 15 lbs. of fishing line, rope and electrical cables. Drifter's left flipper will be x-rayed to determine if it is broken. He also has large FP tumors on his front flippers.

June UpdateDrifter's left flipper is broken, but he is growing stronger. He is in a rehabilitation tank.

July UpdateDrifter had a huge FP tumor on his flipper, and he was one of the four who were treated at the Gladys Porter Zoo on July 26. Drifter, like his buddies, is recovering well, and we hope he will be back in his outdoor rehabilitation tank soon.

August Update:  Drifter's FP  wounds are 85% recovered, and he is swimming well. He is back with Harry and Brownie.

Crunchy Waves

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Stranded 3/18/2016

Crunchy Waves is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found by a family fishing off the jetties in Isla Blanca Park and named by the two daughters, Mikayla and Peyton Dicker.  Crunchy Waves was entangled in in fishing line, requiring our vet tech, Brian Thurow, to dive in and save him.  He had a two inch laceration to to his front right flipper and multiple FP tumors on eyes and all flippers. Crunchy Wave's flipper wound is healing well, and he has been moved to our ICU pool in the gift shop.

June Update: Crunchy is doing well. Waiting on FP surgery, but swimming with his buds Gabby, Harry and Shakira.

July Update: Crunchy was our turtle with the most amount of FP tumors. Crunchy Waves was also treated on July 26 and like his buddies, is doing wonderfully well. Crunchy still has tumors around his eyes, which will be treated in the future.

August Update: Not a happy report. Crunchy has regressed, with 3 new tumors appearing. . Crunchy's future is unknown. He is in quarantine at this time.


Stranded 02-14-2016 harry

Harry is our Valentine. He was picked up on the beach, about 2.2 miles North of County Access 5, after we received a call from his namesake.  Harry is green juvenile, that was extremely emaciated. With proper medication and tender care Harry has quickly recovered his vitality,  but he is still covered with FP tumors. He is an excellent candidate for laser surgery. Click here to see a more recent video.

April Update: Harry has been moved to Tank 1, formerly occupied by Lizz, Meatball & Mitch.

May UpdateHarry is now happily swimming with Shakira, Crunchy Waves, and Gabby! Click here to see a short video of Harry and his buddies. Waiting on FP surgery.

July Update:   Harry was among the four who underwent surgery on July 26 at the Gladys Porter Zoo. He, like his buds, is in a private "hospital bed" recovering well. The four are receiving lots of tender loving care. We hope Harry will be out in a rehab tank soon to prepare for his future release!!!!

August Update:   Harry, back swimming with  Drifter and Brownie, is recovering well from FP surgery.  His wounds are 85% recovered. He is still very active and ornery!!!



Stranded 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.