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!!

Wonder Turtle

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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.


Buddah

Buddah

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.


April

April

Stranded 4/26/2015

April is a sub-adult Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found in the Laguna Madre with a large bundle of seismic measuring gear entangled around her front right flipper. Unfortunately, all that was left of the flipper was a bone sticking out. April underwent amputation surgery and is currently recovering in our ICU.

May Update: April continues to recover from surgery. Due to the severity of the wound, the healing process is slow. She is undergoing laser treatments at the Gladys Porter Zoo every 3 days to stimulate cell growth and speed up healing.

August Update: April continues to travel to the zoo for laser treatments. She has been moved out to a rehabilitation tank and is very strong and fiesty. The staff is having a hard time removing her from the tank for her treaments. She will most likely be cleared for release by the end of 2015.


Tint

TintStranded 5/23/2015

Tint is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found on the south jetties of South Padre Island. Tint has severe lacerations to his right front flipper and lard wounds on his plastron (bottom shell) and neck. The reason for his injuries are unknown but seems to be a predator attack. Tint is currently recovering in our ICU.

June Update: Tint will most likely need to have his right front flipper amputated due to the severity of his injury.

July Update: Tint is undergoing laser treatments every 3 days at the Gladys Porter Zoo. His wounds are healing well, but he seems to have no use of his front right flipper so amputation is still being considered. He continues to recover in the ICU.


Olivia Jr.

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Stranded 7/24/2015

Olivia Jr. is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She was accidently hooked by a fisherman in Dolphin Cove at Isla Blanca Park. From the outside, it seemed that just her flipper had been hooked and the hook was easily removed, however, x-rays of the turtle revealed that she had also swallowed one. Our vet tech successfully removed the hook and Olivia Jr. is currently recovering in the ICU.

August Update: Olivia Jr. has been moved to an outside rehabilitation tank and is cleared for release before the end of 2015.

 

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Mitch

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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.

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