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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Beach Betty

Stranded 03-16-2017


Beach Betty is a 60 lb. Kemp's ridley that was found upside down way up the beach at mile marker 19. There is substantial evidence of a predator attack. The left front flipper is almost completely missing and there are numerous lacerations all over her body. Some of the body damage does appear older than other. The most severe damage was  on the right rear flipper and the right side of her neck. Betty had surgical debridement done at Gladys Porter Zoo on March 29. This procedure removes necrotic material from wounds and helps in the healing process. Betty is also on a regimen of antibiotics, vitamins, minerals and fluids, and is receiving cold laser treatments at all accessible wounds. To date, she has not shown any interest in eating on her own.

Dolores and Margarita

Stranded 03-06-2017


dolores3And they keep on coming. High winds and strong waves on Saturday, March 4, could account for these two little ones stranding in the Isla Blanca jetties, wedged between rocks. Both are stable, in good body condition, with typical rock scrapes on their plastrons. Both were started on a course of antibiotics. Dolores(l), Margarita, (r)

April 20 update: Both are cleared for release on April 28!!!!


Stranded 03-05-2017

jace after bath

jace before bath

And the little greens are still coming in! Jace, unlike most of his other "classmates", was not found in the jetties, but  way up near the public beach entrance at access #21. Algae covered  more than 50% of his carapace, but no wounds were noted. Jace has a great body condition - fattest turtle we have  seen of this size. Gave freshwater bath, see right, and he is very active.

April 20 Update: Ready to be released! Scheduled to release Friday April 28th.


Stranded 02/16/2017

Monika LFF base 2.26.17

Monika was found wedged in the rocks at the Isla Blanca jetties. She is currently being administered antibiotics, vitamins, and fluids. She was placed in the outdoor tank with the other FP-free little greens on 2/26. Monika is eating on her own and is receiving cold laser treatments to help heal her wounds.

March 22 Update:  Monika is still receiving cold laser treatments but has finished her course of meds. She is gaining weight and we have hopes for an April release.

April 20 Update: Going home on 4/28!!!


Stranded 01-08-2017


stunnaStunna, (yep, a cold stun turtle), was not released due to her poor body condition and her FP condition.Like all the other stunned sea turtles, she is an Atlantic green. Stunna weighs just under 14 pounds and has an intermittent appetite. We started her on antibiotics, Vitamin B and fluids and are monitoring her closely in ICU.

January 31: Stunna had FP surgery at the Gladys Porter Zoo today! Also, she is eating on her own!!!

February 14: Stunna will be scheduled soon for her lower plastron FP tumor removal surgery. She is receiving iron injections and healing from initial surgery.

February 22:  Stunna had surgery and is now tumor free!!!!

March 8: Alas..there is evidence of a bone infection in her right front flipper. Diagnostic tests are being done and Stunna has started antibiotics and laser therapy.

March 22: Stunna had a bacterial infection and started a new course of antibiotics. She is still receiving iron injections and cold laser therapy. She is currently in isolation.

April 20: Stunna is still on antibiotics and receiving laser therapy on her right front flipper 3x weekly. She is eating and has gained a half pound. She will need to be scheduled for a future FP surgery as she has a a few regrowths tumors. 



Stranded 01-08-17


stixStix was one of our 191 cold stunned sea turtles. Stix is a 14 lb. Atlantic green juvenile. Stix's right front flipper was entangled in fishing line. Stix is receiving cold laser treatment on his flipper and was started on fluids and antibiotics. He is currently not eating well. Stix will remain in ICU until diagnostics are complete. When strong enough, he will need surgery for FP.

January 31, Update: Stix is eating on his own!

February Update: Stix had all noticeable tumors removed on 2-9. He was started on antibiotics after surgery. Stix is still receiving iron injections and cold laser treatment to help heal his right front flipper..

March 22, Update: Stix's right front flipper is not healing. There appears to be permanent damage from the fracture. There is a strong possibility that his flipper will need to be amputated. There are also some tumor regrowth. He will be scheduled for surgery soon.

April 20, Update: Stix had his right front flipper amputated and tumors removed on April 12. He is recovering well and has gained weight, in spite of the amputation. Stix is receiving cold laser therapy 3x weekly. He will need to face more FP surgery for tumors around his eyes.


Stranded: 12/19/2016


Milagro was found by staff worker 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 is our Christmas miracle Atlantic green juvenile. He also has an old boat strike at the caudal end of the carapace.  We will continue to monitor his diving to see if he will require a dive weight.

January 18, Update:  Milagro is eating well!!! Also, a weight was added to Milagro's carapace to help him dive.

February 14, Update: Milagro is gaining weight, but still has buoyancy issues. Milagro has been moved to the tank with the gang of smaller, no FP, Atlantic greens.

March 22, Update: Still working with Milagro and his buoyancy issues. He continues to gain weight.

April 20, Update:  Same as last month!!!


kenai in poolStranded: 12-13-2016


Kenai was found by Mica and Hazel visiting from Kenai, Alaska on December 13, about 9 miles north of the center. Kenai is a 13.7 juvenile Kemp's ridley.  Blood tests are normal, but a radiograph did show some lung issues. We are running further diagnostics.

January 2, Update: Kenai is being closely monitored. He has intermittent