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.

Don't forget to take a look at our non-releaseable turtles on our Residents page!

 

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Drifter

 

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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.

 


Madi-Jax

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Stranded 3/30/2016

Madi-Jax is a sub-adult female loggerhead. She was found by Sea Turtle, Inc. volunteers Tom and Nancy Barker who were fishing in the gulf about 15 miles north of STI. They named her after their two great grandchildren. Madi-Jax was covered with epibiota and parasites and was very non-responsive. She is being treated with antibiotics and fluids and supplemental feedings. She is also a survivor of what clearly looks like a shark attack. On 4-12, she lifted her head and ate a squid on her own, but is nourished primarily by other supplemental  nutrition. Madi-Jax's is in critical condition, but she has shown some slow improvements.

4-13 update!!!! She ate a whole plate of fish this morning!!!


Gabby

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Stranded 3/26/2016

Gabby is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She was named after the finder's granddaughter. Gabby had a 3-4 cm gash on the right side of her mouth, possibly from a fish hook. Fortunately, X-rays revealed she had not swallowed it. Gabby also has FP in both eyes and on other parts of her body. Her wound is healing well, and we hope she will be moved to a rehabilitation tank soon.


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. 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 would is healing well, and he has been moved to our ICU pool in the gift shop.


Harry

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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 sub-adult, 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.


Shakira

Stranded 12/28/2015sti shakira

 

Shakira is a sub-adult Atlantic green sea turtle. She has a broken front left flipper, extensively fractured shell (possibly a boat strike), Fibropapilloma, positive buoyancy issues also known as "bubble butt", and neurological issues. She is now eating on her own, and has been moved to our ICU bed in the gift shop. Though improved, she is still in critical condition. Her recovery will take months, if not years, requiring extensive treatments and surgeries.

April Update- Shakira has been moved to a rehabilitation tank with Harry! She is moving her back flippers now. She still has a long road to recovery but is making better progress than originally expected.

 

 


Hula

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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!


Buddah

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Stranded 8/5/2015

Buddah is a hatchling loggerhead sea turtle. He was found by one of our volunteers just north of Access 3. He is most likely a hatchling from a nest here in South Texas or northern Mexico. He is having trouble diving and he may possibly have vision problems. He is being kept in a small tank in our ICU. He is not currently on public display.

August Update: Buddah is starting to dive and seems to show no more problems with his vision. He may have been an underdeveloped hatchling that just needed time to catch up.  He continues to recover and develop in our ICU.

December Update: Buddah is swimming and eating well! He has moved out to a rehabilitation tank to grow stronger before being release in Summer 2016.

March Update: Buddah is growing stronger every day! He is becoming a crowd favorite. In picture to right he is approximately 5.5 inches and almost a pound! He is bigger than the lettuce now!!!

April Update:  Click here to see Buddha swimming in his own tank!!!