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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Debbie

Strand Date: 01/18/2017

 

Debbie was one of our cold stunned turtles that stayed lethargic after warming up. She has finished her antibiotics but is still on a weekly Vitamin B injection to stimulate appetite. The week of 2/7, Debbie was moved into an outdoor rehabilitation tank. She is eating on her own and has been routinely seen resting flat on the bottom. She will be scheduled for FP surgery soon!

 


Seaweed

Stranded: January 28

 

Pretty little Seaseaweedweed, a juvenile Atlantic green, weighs just under five pounds. She was found near the Mansfield jetties, about 28 miles north of the center, wedged in the rock crevices. She has some scratches and cuts on her plastron but is FP free. She should be in an outdoor rehabilitation tank soon!

February Update: Seaweed, as predicted, is swimming with the gang of other little, FP free, greens. She has gained a half pound and her plastron is healing!


Barracuda

Stranded 01-08-2017

 

barracudaBarracuda is one of three cold stunned sea turtles that we could not release. She was found stranded on the beach in Barracuda Cove on Boca Chica Beach.  She is an Atlantic green, weighing in at 8.5 pounds. Barracuda is being treated with antibiotics, Vitamin B and fluids. Se is currently swimming with Cole, who weighs around 95 pounds. We tried putting her with sea turtles her size, but she was a little aggressive. Looks like her name has a double meaning!!! Will get you a picture soon!!!!

Februrary 14 Update: Barracuda is eating well and gaining weight, up to 9.9 pounds! Picture is from 1-29.


Stunna

Stranded 01-08-2017

 

stunnaStunna, (yep, a cold stun turtle), was not released due to her poor body condition and her FP condition.Like all the other stunned sea turtles, she is an Atlantic green. Stunna weighs just under 14 pounds and has an intermittent appetite. We started her on antibiotics, Vitamin B and fluids and are monitoring her closely in ICU.

January 31: Stunna had FP surgery at the Gladys Porter Zoo today! Also, she is eating on her own!!!

February 14, Update: Stunna will be scheduled soon for her lower plastron FP tumor removal surgery. She is receiving iron injections and healing from initial surgery.


Stix

Stranded 01-08-17

 

stixStix was one of our 191 cold stunned sea turtles. Stix is a 14 lb. Atlantic green juvenile. Stix's right front flipper was entangled in fishing line. Stix is receiving cold laser treatment on his flipper and was started on fluids and antibiotics. He is currently not eating well. Stix will remain in ICU until diagnostics are complete. When strong enough, he will need surgery for FP.

January 31, Update: Stix is eating on his own!

February Update: Stix had all noticeable tumors removed on 2-9. He was started on antibiotics after surgery. Stix is still receiving iron injections and cold laser treatment to help heal his right front flipper.


Milagro

Stranded: 12/19/2016

milagro

Milagro was found by staff worker Dave Wilson in the grass adjacent to our parking lot. He had been there for some time as his body temperature was very low. Milagro is our Christmas miracle Atlantic green juvenile. He also has an old boat strike at the caudal end of the carapace.  We will continue to monitor his diving to see if he will require a dive weight.

January 18, Update:  Milagro is eating well!!! Also, a weight was added to Milagro's carapace to help him dive.

February 14, Update: Milagro is gaining weight, but still has buoyancy issues. Milagro has been moved to the tank with the gang of smaller, no FP, Atlantic greens.


Kenai

kenai in poolStranded: 12-13-2016

 

Kenai was found by Mica and Hazel visiting from Kenai, Alaska on December 13, about 9 miles north of the center. Kenai is a 13.7 juvenile Kemp's ridley.  Blood tests are normal, but a radiograph did show some lung issues. We are running further diagnostics.

January 2, Update: Kenai is being closely monitored. He has intermittent