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.
Don't forget to take a look at our non-releaseable turtles on our Current Residents page!
Check out who was released in 2013!!
Viola is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She is a cold stranded sea turtle that was brought in by US Fish & Wildlife during a recent cold front. She is missing large chunks of her shell. Parts of the injury are new and parts are already healed, meaning that this could have happened a long time ago. She is currently swimming and healing well in ICU. We expect her to be released in Spring of 2014.
Casper is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found in Dolphin Cove near Isla Blanca Park. He had no visible injuries but was floating with his head down in the water. He was assumed to be a cold stranded sea turtle, however, when placing him in water for the first time we noticed he was unable to diver under. X-rays show that he has excess air trapped in his shell. This is preventing him from diving like a normal turtle. We do not know the cause of this excess air and we are still trying to determine a course of action. He is currently in Sea Turtle, Inc. ICU
Shelldon is a juvenile Atlantic green. He was found 10 miles north of County Access 6. He was completely covered with algae and had a large crack on his shell, possibly from a boat strike. The wound was bleeding slightly when he arrived. He is currently bandaged and is being evaluated by our veterinary staff. He is currently in the ICU.
Pete is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found floating in the bay by locals. He is already swimming well in ICU and his reason for stranding is unknown.
Bex is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found behind the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Her reason for stranding is unknown but we believe she may have been affected by recent cold spells. She is expected to be released in early Spring.
Walter is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle that came in as a cold-stranded sea turtle in mid-December. Once on the shore, he was attacked by a predator, most likely a coyote. The coyote chewed on his front right flipper and ripped out a large chunk of muscle. Additionally there are several bite wounds on his face and eyes.
The bite wound on the flipper was so severe that there was no chance of healing. What was left of the flipper and shoulder joint had to be surgically removed by our veterinarian. There was not enough extra skin around the surgery site to stitch the wound closed, so Walter was left with a large open wound that has to heal from the inside out.
We are using a special wound V.A.C. System to help Walter heal. It applies negative pressure to the wound and helps the edges of the wound come together to heal. It also helps encourage tissue formation, provides moisture to help the wound heal and draws bad bacteria out of the wound. This VAC system is NEW to our facility and Walter is the second patient at Sea Turtle, Inc. to get to try it!
Since Walter has an open wound, we don't want water to get into his wound and possibly cause infection. He must stay out of the water until the wound is sealed. This is what we call “dry docking.”
He remains in critical condition.
Justin is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found floating in the bay due to cold stranding. He had a broken front left flipper for unknown reasons. Surgery was done to try to fix the flipper but unfortunately the break was so severe that it had to be amputated. He is currently recovering in our ICU.
January Update: Justin recovered very well from his amputation and is currently swimming in rehabilitation tank 4! He will most likely be released in April of 2014.
Olive is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found floating in the Long Island Village area near Port Isabel. She was most likely struck by a boat propeller. She has damage to her left eye as well as several slices to her carapace (top shell). Additionally she is missing a chunk from the side of her shell. Her injuries are very severe and she is in critical condition.
January Update: Olive's injuries continue to improve. She recently was our first patient to use a special wound V.A.C. system which applies negative pressure to her shell wound to encourage faster healing. She is able to swim in water but is still not eating on her own. She is still in serious condition but we do expect her to make a full recovery.
Mae was founding floating in the Laguna Madre near the "fingers" area of Port Isabel. She is a post-hatchling hawksbill sea turtle. Mae has no physical injuries but is weak and very skinny. She may have washed in due to high tides and strong currents caused by recent Gulf storms. She is in ICU receiving fluids and vitamins.
Little Trucker is a post-hatchling Kemp's ridley. He was found washed up in Sargassum seaweed in Isla Blanca Park. He is missing a back flipper, possibly due to a predator attack. He is currently in ICU being treated with fluids and antibiotics for his injury.