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.

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Stranded 10/02/2016


nataliaThis adorable post-hatchling Kemp's ridley was found 10-02-2016 in the surf between county beach access 5 and 6, an apparent victim of a predator attack. Natalia weighs in at 130 grams, a little more than a quarter pound. She is missing her front right flipper along with portions of both of her rear flippers. Because Natalia is missing 50% of her flippers, she will be non-releasable and will serve as an ambassador for the Kemp's ridley species. Click here to watch Natalia being fed.



Stranded 10/02/2016


Sunshine is a beautiful juvenile20161013_081102 hawksbill who was found in the surfline at city beach access 4 by a family from Mcallen.  Her right front flipper was missing and perfectly healed, and she did not show any apparent injuries. Radiographs did show some abnormalities in the lung region. We are monitoring Sunshine's swimming and buoyancy  to see if she displays any sideways/tilting behavior or trouble diving.


Stranded 9/11/2016


PJ ispj and tumors an Atlantic green juvenile found at the Isla Blanca jetties, entangled in fishing net, which had attached itself to the itself to the huge Fibropapilloma tumor at the lower end of his plastron. PJ will be transported to the Gladys Porter Zoo for CO2 laser surgery to remove the tumors.

October update: PJ had all tumors removed on the 10/5 with the exception of the large tumor on his left rear flipper. The tumor extended very deep into the tissue surrounding the flipper bones. It was  decided to wait on removing that large mass. It is very likely that the flipper will need to be amputated.

P.J. is recovering well from the initial surgery.



 Stranded 7/8/2016


Carolina is a sub-adult  Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found by  Darren Spearman, Aaron Cook and Scott Meeks when they went on a fishing trip with Capt. Andy Davila. caroline1While reeling in dinner, they spotted a sea turtle tangled in a mass of cables struggling to keep her head above water long enough to take a breath. They pulled her onto the boat and contacted Sea Turtle, Inc..Her right flipper was entangled in seismic gear (pictured right.)  This is the third Atlantic green that has been found in the Laguna Madre entangled in seismic cord in the past 15 months. Drifter, who is also a current patient, and April, who was released last fall, were the other two.caroline2

Carolina was transported to the Gladys Porter Zoo for amputation. She is recovering in our ICU and is responding well.

August UpdateCarolina has been receiving laser treatments at her amputation site twice a week. She has been eating some produce. She is still in ICU.

September Update: Carolina is still in ICU but should be moved to an outdoor rehabilitation tank soon, where she will prepare for release! The Texas GLO is investigating the source of the seismic cable.

October Update:. Carolina will be released the week of 10/17. The Texas GLO is mitigating with responsible companies for the removal of additional leftover cable.




Stranded 4/04/2016

Drifter is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was spotted and rescued by Captain Faustino and his friend Ysidro Garcia while fishing aboard Faustino’s boat The Drifter. Drifter was in great distress. He was deeply entangled in 15 lbs. of fishing line, rope and electrical cables. Drifter's left flipper will be x-rayed to determine if it is broken. He also has large FP tumors on his front flippers.

June UpdateDrifter's left flipper is broken, but he is growing stronger. He is in a rehabilitation tank.

July UpdateDrifter had a huge FP tumor on his flipper, and he was one of the four who were treated at the Gladys Porter Zoo on July 26. Drifter, like his buddies, is recovering well, and we hope he will be back in his outdoor rehabilitation tank soon.

August Update:  Drifter's FP  wounds are 85% recovered, and he is swimming well. He is back with Harry and Brownie.

September Update: Drifter is looking good, swimming well and wounds are healed!

October Update: Drifter is headed home the week of 10/17!!!!




Stranded 8/29/2015

Hula is a juvenile Hawksbill sea turtle. She was found on the beach, covered in algae and barnacles. She had no obvious external injuries, but there was oil/tar inside her mouth. After a few days in our ICU, she began to pass an oily substance, as well as several large chunks of plastic. Hula is currently being monitored in our ICU.

October Update: Hula is starting to eat on her own. She is still severely underweight and has problems diving. She is receiving medication in our ICU.

December Update: Hula has started to eat well twice daily but is still underweight for her size. Hula also still suffers from buoyancy problems that cause her to float as a symptom of her injuries. Small weights have been applied to her shell to help her dive.  Hula continues to be monitored in our ICU, where she enjoys scratching her shell and hanging out on her PVC “back-scratcher”.

March Update: Hula has been moved to her own tank!!! She is diving and all weights should be removed soon, but she still must be hand fed her seafood. Hula has a lot of co-ordination issues and she is unable to find the food. We are trying to teach her to follow the food. We are uncertain at this time what is causing her co-ordination issues. Hula continues to receive medication and we are hoping with time, she will make a full recovery.

April Update: As of 4/9, Hula was diving for her own food!!! Let's hope this progress continues!

June Update: Hula is swimming, diving and eating wonderfully!!! Expect a late summer release!

August Update:  Hula is very active and is still eating well, but we are still hoping to get a few more pounds on her before her release. Still hoping for late summer.

September Update: Hula started re-emitting an oily substance. A fecal sample was examined by Dr. Tom at  the Gladys Porter Zoo. Further meds to help clear Hula's GI tract of the oily substance are being administered.

October Update:  Although Hula was swimming and diving well, and eating on her own, she was not gaining weight. In September she started re-emitting an oily substance. This prompted us to move her back into ICU where she is being administered a new regimen of medicines and antibiotics.