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!!
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.
Mac is a post hatchling Kemp's ridley sea turtle. He was found by visitors just north of Access 6. He has no physical injuries but he is very weak. He may have washed up due to high tides or exhaustion from recent storms. He is ICU and getting fluids and vitamins.
Triston Jr. is a post-hatchling hawksbill sea turtle. He was found in Isla Blanca park by a young man named Triston. Triston Jr. is missing several chunks of his flippers and has a few small wounds on his plastron (bottom shell). He was most likely nibbled on by a predator. He is in ICU and is getting fluids and antibiotics to treat his injuries.
Dazzling is a hatchling loggerhead sea turtle. We do not commonly see hatchling loggerheads strand on South Padre Island. He has no physical injuries and we expect that he was washed in by high tides caused by Hurricane Ingrid. He currently resides in our ICU.
Sweets is a hatchling Kemp's ridley sea turtle. She was found by visitors on South Padre Island. She has no physical injuries but is slightly underweight and lethargic. She may have washed in with the high tides caused by Hurricane Ingrid. She currently resides in our ICU.
Snapster is a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle. He was found by a visiting family just north of County Access 6 . Snapster was entangled in an onion snack which was wrapped around his neck and front right flipper. He also has a wound on his plastron (bottom part of shell). Snapster is weak, lethargic and underweight and is currently recovering in our ICU.
Johnny Football was found by visitors in front of Clayton's Beach Bar. He is a juvenile Loggerhead and it is very rare to get this size class of loggerhead on South Padre Island. He is missing a majority of both of his back flippers and a chunk of his shell. The injuries indicate that he was attacked by a predator but we're not sure what kind. He is recovering from his injuries and currently resides in a small tank in our ICU. He should be able to swim in a deep water rehabilitation tank as soon as he is off of his medication! He will be released when he grows to a larger size.
Update: Johnny Football was moved to a larger rehabilitation tank in August. He is swimming and diving very well!
Clover was found floating at the mouth of the Arroyo Colorado. A good Samaritan with a boat pulled her out and called Sea Turtle, Inc. staff. Clover appears to have been struck by a boat and has a severe fracture in her carapace (top shell). Our Veterinarian placed zip tie ports with putty onto the shell. Ties are replaced every few days to tighten and encourage the bones to heal back together. These types of injuries are very severe since the shell is made up of the ribs and backbone of the turtle. We will have to evaluate Clover for possible nerve damage from the impact and the road to recovery is a long one. She will most likely be in here for the rest of 2013. Her release status has not yet been determined.
August update: Clover's wounds are healing nicely and she has been moved to a bigger ICU tank. Parts of her shell are not healing as strong as we hoped so we still have not made any decisions about her release status.
Becky is a post hatchling hawksbill sea turtle. She was found stranded just north of County Access 6 on South Padre Island. She was very skinny and had small, superficial wounds on her lateral (side) scutes. The turtle also had several small barnacles and tiny chunks missing from her back flippers. Becky shares a tank with 4 other post-hatchling hawksbill sea turtles. She is recovering well from her injuries and she will be released when she grows to a bigger size!