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 see a list of our current patients that are being rehabilitated and awaiting release.

As of February, our hospital has received and treated 35 sick/injured sea turtles since the beginning of 2018!

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Take a look at the list of patients we have released

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Finnegan

Stranded 06-05-2017

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20170605BWL01-CM Pic1Finnegan is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle that was found on the beach by the Finnegan family just north of county access 6 here on South Padre Island. This little turtle had rope tightly wrapped around its left front flipper. The flipper is very swollen and there is a possibility that it might have to be amputated in the future. In the meantime, we will use cold laser therapy on that flipper to try and promote circulation and decrease pain/inflammation. Other than the entanglement, Finnegan has a good body condition, normal blood values, and weighs about 4 lbs.

Potential release date: summer/fall 2017


Rockie

Stranded 05-26-2017

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Rockie is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle that was found stuck in the rocks at the Isla Blanca jetties, on the south end of South Padre Island. Rockie is one of our smallest patients, weighing in at a hefty 3.8 lbs! Rockie is slightly emaciated (thin) and had several barnacles and algae on the carapace (top of the shell) upon arrival at our facility, suggesting this turtle might have been a little lethargic and not swimming very fast. Rockie has a large notch missing in the right front flipper and a small notch missing from the left front flipper - both of these wounds are fully healed, but something took a few bites out of this turtle when it was younger!

Rockie 4 5.27.17Potential release date: summer 2017


Pepperoni

pepperoniStranded 04-14-2017

Pepperoni is a 41 lb juvenile Atlantic green with fibropapilloma (FP) tumors on the eyes and the body. The cause of the fibropapilloma virus is still unknown, but researchers believe it may be linked to pollution. The FP virus causes tumors to grow on sea turtles. These tumors are benign, but they can be indirectly fatal by growing on the eyes which renders the turtles blind. FP tumors can also make it easier for turtles to get entangled and slows them down when they are trying to get away from predators.  Pepperoni was caught on hook and line in the Laguna Madre Bay. Fortunately, there was no sign of hook trauma. Pepperoni is in great body condition and is starting to show interest in food. Pepperoni underwent the first of multiple surgeries to have the FP tumors removed on 5/18/17. Pepperoni is recovering well from the surgery and will be ready for a second round of surgery soon.
Potential release date: unknown


Stunna

Stranded 01-08-2017

 

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Stunna (yep, a cold stun turtle from our cold stranding event in January 2017) was kept as a rehab patient for FP tumor removal. Like all the other cold stun turtles, Stunna is an Atlantic green. Stunna has had all of the body tumors removed, but is now being treated for a bone infection in the right front flipper. This turtle also has FP tumors in the right eye and is awaiting surgery.
Potential release date: unknown

Stix

Stranded 01-08-17

 

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Stix was one of our 191 cold stunned sea turtles that stranded in January 2017. Stix is a 14 lb juvenile Atlantic green with the FP virus. Stix's right front flipper was entangled in fishing line, and Stix also had fishing line coming out of the mouth and cloaca upon arrival to our hospital. Unfortunately Stix's right front flipper had to be amputated, even after receiving months of laser therapy and massages in an attempt to keep the flipper vital. This cutie has had all body tumors removed but is awaiting removal of a FP tumor in the right eye. Stix has a great appetite and is sharing a tank with our other FP greens.
Potential release date: unknown


Milagro

Stranded: 12-19-2016

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Milagro was found by Sea Turtle, Inc staff member 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 means miracle in Spanish because it is a miracle that this juvenile Atlantic green survived! The turtle also has an old boat strike that is visible at the back part of the shell.  Boat strikes often cause buoyancy issues in sea turtles, and unfortunately, that is the case with Milagro. When a boat strikes a turtle, it creates an air pocket inside the shell that cannot be removed. To make the turtle as comfortable as possible, we adhere lead dive weights to the shell in an attempt to 'even' the turtle out so it is not as buoyant.

January update: Milagro is eating well! Also, a weight was added to Milagro's carapace to help him dive.

February update: Milagro is gaining weight, but still has buoyancy issues. Milagro has been moved to a tank with a gang of smaller, non-FP, Atlantic greens.

March update: Still working with Milagro and his buoyancy issues. He continues to gain weight.

April update: Same as last month!

May update: A few STI staff members and volunteers have been working together to create a weighted vest for Milagro (in lieu of attaching dive weights to carapace). This is because the dive weights, which are adhered to the shell via marine epoxy and super glue, fall off after a few weeks time. The weighted vest will also make it much easier to add/remove weights as needed.


Toco

Stranded: 11-23-2016

 

Toco is a 16 pound juvenile Atlantic green that was found entangled in fishing line with the rod still attached. The fishing line was wrapped so tightly around the right front flipper, that the flipper could not be saved. While undergoing surgery at Gladys Porter Zoo, several Fibropapilloma tumors were also removed.

He has recovered well from the amputation surgery and is out of ICU and recovering in an outdoor rehabilitation tank.

December update:  Toco's sutures were removed on 12/10. The amputation site appears to be healing well. Toco is receiving cold laser therapy and has been eating well. He is swimming with PJ, Jet, and Key.

January update: Toco had surgery at the Gladys Porter Zoo today. Toco's body is tumor free! Continuing to receive cold laser therapy.

February update: Toco is still receiving cold laser therapy at the amputation site, and alas, very small tumors have become noticeable around the eyes. This turtle will be scheduled for surgery soon. On the plus side, it is now at 18.1 lbs.

February update:  Eye tumors are mostly gone! Thank you, Dr. Tom!

March update: Small tumor regrowth noted on 3/20. Will be scheduled for surgical removal soon.

April update: Toco had surgery to remove the regrowth tumor. He will be scheduled for tumor removal around the eyes soon.

May update: Toco has recuperated from his last surgery. Weighs in at 23 lbs now! Still awaiting tumor removal in the right eye.