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!

 

Check out who was released!!

Peabody

Peabody

Stranded 2/26/2015

Peabody is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found by visitors, about 5 miles north of County Access 6. Peabody was completely covered with algae and very lethargic when he was brought in. After cleaning him off, we noticed several bumps and areas where his scales were coming off. It is suspected that he may have a bacterial or fungal infections. Blood work will be done on Peabody and, in the meantime, he will be monitored in ICU.

 


Gwynne

Gwynne

Stranded 2/26/2015

Gwynne was found floating near Parrot Eyes on South Padre Island. She was covered in mud, algae and barnacles. She also has a small puncture wound on her plastron (bottom shell). The reason for her stranding is unknown, but we are starting to noticed that she is having some buoyancy problems while swimming. This may be due to a past injury or an illness (sometimes this can be caused by pneumonia. She will continue to be monitored in our ICU.


Sunshine Too

Sunshine-Too

Stranded 2/26/2015

Sunshine Too is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found by a local shrimper becuase she was stuck in a net. She has a few mild scrapes but her injuries are not severe. We are currently monitoring her in our ICU.


Greg

Gregg

Stranded 2/16/2015

Greg is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found on Boca Chica Beach by visitors. Greg is very skinny and was covered with barnacles when he came in. Typically a heavy load of barnacles is an indication that the turtle has been sick for quite some time.  He is very weak and currently unable to eat on his own. Greg is being housed in our ICU where he is on medication and being tube fed to keep him alive. He is in critical condition.


Cupid

Cupid

Stranded 2/14/2015

Cupid is an Atlantic green sea turtle. She was entangled in fishing line and was found offshore by a Texas shrimper. He noticed Cupid had gone through his Turtle Exclude Device (an apparatus in shrimp trawls that prevent sea turtles from getting caught and drowned in the nets). When he saw that Cupid was tangled in monofilament line, he rescued her and called Sea Turtle, Inc. for assistance. They named her "Cupid" because it was Valentine's Day!
Cupid's injuries were minor and she is swimming in an outside rehabilitation tank. She will be released in Spring of 2015!


You Know Who

You-Know-Who

Stranded 11/14/2014

You Know Who was found on Boca Chica during a cold spell on South Padre Island. He has very severe injuries due to a possible boat impact. His carapace is heavily fractured in several places. Screws had to be placed in the larger fractures in order to keep the shell together. Shell wounds are very severe and can be very difficult to heal. He is recovering in ICU.

January Update: You Know Who continues to recover in ICU. He is starting to show interest in food but the cracks in his carapace are still very unstable. He remains in critical condition.

February Update: You Know Who is now eating on his own. He has zip ties on his back to keep the bones stable and the wound is starting to heal. He is no longer in critical condition!


Nacle

Nacle

Stranded 11/15/2014

Nacle was found in Barracuda Cove during a cold spell on South Padre Island. She has 2 large slice wounds in her carapace & one on her head. These wounds were most likely caused by a boat propeller. Nacle's spine is exposed and  she is in critical condition in our ICU.

January Update: Nacle is still in our ICU. She is starting to show interest in food and her shell wound is healing. She is no longer in critical condtion.

February Update: Nacle is doing very well and she has been moved to an outdoor rehabilitation tank!


Ivy

Ivy

Stranded 11/20/2014

Ivy is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found on the beach, embedded in the sand. It is possible that she was the victim of a vehicle impact but the cause of her injuries are unknown. She does not have use of her front left flipper and it is swollen. X-rays show that she has a large fracture right near her shoulder joint. These types of breaks are difficult to heal. Ivy is resting in an ICU area away from public display so that we can keep her still and give her flipper a rest.

January Update: Ivy is starting to eat but remains in ICU. A large puncture wound leading to the fracture is being treated for an infection. We are still hopeful that Ivy's flipper will eventually heal to full functionality.

February Update:   Ivy's fracture is not healing as well as we hoped. Unfortunately, the decision was made to amputate her flipper. She is currently recovering from surgery.


Clifford

Clifford

Stranded 11/14/2014

Clifford is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found in Barracuda Cove near Boca Chica with several other cold stunned sea turtles. Clifford has several large wounds on his back, most likely from getting struck by a boat propeller. He is currently in ICU.

January Update: Clifford has been moved to a rehabilitation tank outside but remains on antibiotics for his wounds. He is eating well.