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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Carolina

caroline recovering Stranded 7/8/2016

 

Carolina is a sub-adult  Atlantic green sea turtle. 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 of her flipper. She is recovering in our ICU and is responding well.

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Brownie

Stranded 6/05/2016

 

brownie1Brownie is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. His flipper was wrapped around fishing line, and there was a hook stuck near the injured flipper. It will take some time to determine if his flipper will heal. To read more about how humans endanger sea turtles, click here.

Sadly...Brownie's flipper had to be amputated. Since he lost the flipper on June 16, he has been more responsive and eating better. The wound is healing well.

July Update: Brownie is recovering well and has been moved to an outdoor rehabilitation tank with the buddies, Shakira, Harry, Crunchy Waves and Gabby to await FP laser surgery.

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Drifter

 

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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 Update: Drifter's left flipper is broken, but he is growing stronger. He is in a rehabilitation tank.

 


Madi-Jax

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Stranded 3/30/2016

Madi-Jax is a sub-adult female loggerhead. She was found by Sea Turtle, Inc. volunteers Tom and Nancy Barker who were fishing in the gulf about 15 miles north of STI. They named her after their two great grandchildren. Madi-Jax was covered with epibiota and parasites and was very non-responsive. She is being treated with antibiotics and fluids and supplemental feedings. She is also a survivor of what clearly looks like a shark attack. On 4-12, she lifted her head and ate a squid on her own, but is nourished primarily by other supplemental  nutrition. Madi-Jax's is in critical condition, but she has shown some slow improvements.

4-13 update!!!! She ate a whole plate of fish this morning!!!

6-30 Xrays showed Madi-Jax had a huge blockage. Over time, she passed gallon bags of sea urchin quills. She possibly ate them while foraging for food when recovering from her shark attack. At any rate, she is definitely on the mend!!!

7-11-2016 Madi-Jax has been moved from ICU to an outdoor rehabilitation tank!!!! She is adjusting well to the change!


Gabby

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Stranded 3/26/2016

Gabby is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She was named after the finder's granddaughter. Gabby had a 3-4 cm gash on the right side of her mouth, possibly from a fish hook. Fortunately, X-rays revealed she had not swallowed it. Gabby also has FP in both eyes and on other parts of her body. Her wound is healing well, and we hope she will be moved to a rehabilitation tank soon.

June Update: Gabby's head wound has healed well. She is swimming with Harry, Crunchy Waves and Shakira, awaiting FP surgery.


Crunchy Waves

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Stranded 3/18/2016

Crunchy Waves is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found by a family fishing off the jetties in Isla Blanca Park and named by the two daughters. Crunchy Waves was entangled in in fishing line, requiring our vet tech, Brian Thurow, to dive in and save him.  He had a two inch laceration to to his front right flipper and multiple FP tumors on eyes and all flippers. Crunchy Wave's flipper wound is healing well, and he has been moved to our ICU pool in the gift shop.

June Update: Crunchy is doing well. Waiting on FP surgery, but swimming with his buds Gabby, Harry and Shakira.


Harry

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Harry is our Valentine. He was picked up on the beach, about 2.2 miles North of County Access 5, after we received a call from his namesake.  Harry is green juvenile, that was extremely emaciated. With proper medication and tender care Harry has quickly recovered his vitality,  but he is still covered with FP tumors. He is an excellent candidate for laser surgery. Click here to see a more recent video.

April Update - Harry has been moved to Tank 1, formerly occupied by Lizz, Meatball & Mitch.

May Update - Harry is now happily swimming with Shakira, Crunchy Waves, and Gabby! Click here to see a short video of Harry and his buddies. Waiting on FP surgery.


Shakira

Stranded 12/28/2015sti shakira

 

Shakira is a sub-adult Atlantic green sea turtle. She has a broken front left flipper, extensively fractured shell (possibly a boat strike), Fibropapilloma, positive buoyancy issues also known as "bubble butt", and neurological issues. She is now eating on her own, and has been moved to our ICU bed in the gift shop. Though improved, she is still in critical condition. Her recovery will take months, if not years, requiring extensive treatments and surgeries.

April Update: Shakira has been moved to a rehabilitation tank with Harry! She is moving her back flippers now. She still has a long road to recovery but is making better progress than originally expected.

June Update: Shakira's condition has changed very little from April. She still has severe buoyancy problems. She is now swimming with her friends, Harry, Gabby and Crunchy Waves. Since she is typically swimming at the top of the tank, she gets a lot of attention and is becoming a wonderful ambassador.

 

 


Hula

Hula

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!