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 Current Residents page!

 

Check out who was released!!

Osprey

Osprey

Stranded 1/13/2014

Osprey is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found floating in the shipping channel by crew on board an Osprey fishing trip. He showed no physical injuries but he was weak and very lethargic. He may have been affected by the recent spells of cold weather that affected South Padre Island in the winter months.

April Update: Osprey has been moved to rehabilitation tank #1 and can be seen swimming with other juvenile Atlantic greens of his size class.


Cooper

Cooper

Stranded 12/28/2013

Cooper is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle. He stranded just north of County Access 6 on South Padre Island. He had no physical injuries but he was weak and emaciated. He had a thin layer of algae covering his shell and was missing a small chunk of his back left flipper, possibly from a predator attack.

Februray 2014 Update: Cooper was moved to rehabilitation tank 5. He is active and swimming well!

April 2014 Update: Cooper is eating live crabs and will be released this spring or summer!


Viola

ViolaStranded 1/30/2014

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

Casper

Stranded 12/16/2013

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

4/25/2014 Update: Casper has had several days where he has been able to reach the bottom but still is having trouble staying down. He is still in ICU.


Shelldon

Shelldon

Stranded 2/23/2014

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.

April 2014 Update: Shelldon is still in ICU but his shell is continuing to heal. It will be a long road for him but we are optimistic for his recovery!


Pete

Pete

Stranded 2/23/2014

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

Bex1/3/2013

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.


Justin

Justin

Stranded 11/28/2013

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

Olive

Stranded 11/29/2013

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

Mae

Stranded 9/25/2013

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.

January 2014 Update: Mae has been moved to rehabilitation tank 2 with other juvenile hawksbill sea turtles!

April 2014: Mae has been moved to rehabilitation tank 7 with other juvenile hawksbill sea turtles!