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!

 

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Bobby

Bobby

Stranded 12/29/2015

Bobby is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found floating in the shipping channel, unable to dive. There were no obvious injuries but x-rays show that he may have a slight impaction.

 

January update: Bobby was impacted with organic material, which he has passed successfully. He is doing well and has been moved into rehabilitation Tank 5. He will be released in the Spring of 2016.


Meatball

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!

December Update: Meatball is recovering well. She needs some more time to get used to swimming without her front left flipper, but is very strong. Become a member to watch Meatball swim on our underwater webcam!


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 recieving 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”.


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.

December Update: Buddah is swimming and eating well! He has moved out to a rehabilitation tank to grow stronger before being release in Spring 2016.


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.

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.

December Update: Mitch's front left flipper did not respond well to the bandage and is still fractured. He continues to recover in a rehabilitation tank. We expect him to make a full recovery after some time to let the flipper heal fully. Become a member to watch Mitch swim on our underwater camera!