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!!

Rocky B.


Stranded 10/23/2015

Rocky B. is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found by visitors on the South Padre Island jetties. Rocky B. had gotten stuck in the rocks of the jetties, most likely because of high tides. He has a few minor scrapes on his shell, but is otherwise in great shape! He will be released in the Fall of 2015.


MeatballStranded 9/25/2015

Meatball is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found on the beach, completely entangled in a mess of onion sac, rope, and plastic. The rope was wrapped around both of his flippers and neck. He has a deep laceration on his neck and his front left flipper was severed around the shoulder. His left flipper was amputated by the Gladys Porter Zoo. Additionally, his right front flipper is fractured. He is currently being monitored in our ICU. He is critical condition.

October Update: After 3 weeks in a cast, Meatball is making a great recovery! Her fractured flipper has healed and she has been moved outside into rehabilitation tank 1!



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 recieving medication in our ICU.

Wonder Turtle


Stranded 8/27/2015

Wonder Turtle is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found in the shipping channel near the Boca Chica jetties by Scarlet Colley. He had fishing line tightly wrapped around both front flippers and his neck. Unfortunately, the front right flipper had already lost all its circulation and started to deteriorate due to lack of blood flow. It was amputated on 8/28/2015. Wonder Turtle is recovering well from the surgery and is being monitored in our ICU.



Stranded 8/5/2015

Buddah is a hatchling loggerhead sea turtle. He was found by one of our volunteers just north of Access 3. He is most likely a hatchling from a nest here in South Texas or northern Mexico. He is having trouble diving and he may possibly have vision problems. He is being kept in a small tank in our ICU. He is not currently on public display.

August Update: Buddah is starting to dive and seems to show no more problems with his vision. He may have been an underdeveloped hatchling that just needed time to catch up.  He continues to recover and develop in our ICU.




Stranded 5/29/2015

Mitch is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found by a member of the US coast guard. He has a very large wound on his plastron and carapace (top and bottom shell). Due to the shape of the wound, we believe it was most likely caused by a shark. Mitch's wounds are severe and he is being monitored in our ICU where he is on antibiotics, fluids, and is taken to the Gladys Porter Zoo for laser
therapy every 3 days.

August Update: Mitch's wounds are healing at an incredible rate thanks to his laser treatment! An x-ray has also revealed a broken front flipper. We have bandaged the flipper in hopes to immobilize the bone and encourage it to heal.

September Update: Mitch continues to recover at Sea Turtle, Inc. He has been moved to an outside rehabilitation tank.