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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Chance

Stranded 03-11-2017

 

chance with questionChance's rescue was a bit dramatic! It started with a call from Boca Chica. Salvador Villareal and Hannah Solis found Chance wedged in the rocks of the jetties. Boca Chica, by car, is typically a 3 hour round trip drive. On a Spring Break Saturday???? Who knows!!! So...Chris Devlin, former intern and spouse to our Conservation Coordinator, Mariana, kayaked  from the island over to Boca Chica and retrieved Chance, saving staff member a full day's work! Chance is doing well. He is in isolation until diagnostics are complete. Note the red ? on his carapace, within the green outline. These little turtles look so similar that we needed an easy way to identify them in order to distribute appropriate medical treatment and for accurate record keeping. The idea of the  ? on Chance came from Monopoly cards!


Dolores and Margarita

Stranded 03-06-2017

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dolores3And they keep on coming. High winds and strong waves on Saturday, March 4, could account for these two little ones stranding in the Isla Blanca jetties, wedged between rocks. Both are stable, in good body condition, with typical rock scrapes on their plastrons. Both were started on a course of antibiotics. Dolores(l), Margarita, (r)


Jace

Stranded 03-05-2017

jace after bath

jace before bath

And the little greens are still coming in! Jace, unlike most of his other "classmates", was not found in the jetties, but  way up near the public beach entrance at access #21. Algae covered  more than 50% of his carapace, but no wounds were noted. Jace has a great body condition - fattest turtle we have  seen of this size. Gave freshwater bath, see right, and he is very active.


Sushi

Stranded 02/26/2017

 

sushiSushi is yet another small green (3 lbs 6 oz)  who was  found crawling on the beach at surf line in Isla Blanca park. Sushi has good energy. She is being  kept in isolation until her fecal is analyzed.


Monika

Stranded 02/16/2017

Monika LFF base 2.26.17

Monika was found wedged in the rocks at the Isla Blanca jetties. She is currently being administered antibiotics, vitamins, and fluids. She was placed in the outdoor tank with the other FP-free little greens on 2/26. Monika is eating on her own and is receiving cold laser treatments to help heal her wounds.


Seaweed

Stranded: 01/28/2017

 

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

February 22:  Stunna had surgery and is now tumor free!!!!

March 8, 2017: Alas..there is evidence of a bone infection in her right front flipper. Diagnostic tests are being done and Stunna has started antibiotics and laser therapy.

 


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.