Sea Turtle, Inc. has some turtle patients that are not able to be released to the wild. Sea turtles that do not have 75% of their flippers, have birth defects, cannot dive or are deemed unsuitable for wild life can find a home here in our facility. Our rehabilitation center is unique in that we possess zoological permits that allow us to keep resident sea turtles on permanent public display. We have 8 resident sea turtles that stay at the facility all year long and act as educators and ambassadors for sea turtle conservation!
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Gerry the Atlantic Green
Gerry stranded due to a hurricane during the mid 1980's. He was held back as an educational animal. Gerry is world famous and has met both Johnny Carson and David Letterman! He is one of our adult male sea turtles and is known for his friendliness. He has the biggest tank (20,000 gallons!) at Sea Turtle, Inc. and has a window where he can interact with the public and get fed lettuce.
Erika the Atlantic green
Erika stranded in November of 2013. She was attacked by a predator and is missing her right front flipper and half of both of her back flippers. She is now our smallest resident sea turtle and will also act as an education ambassador so she can travel to schools and teach children about sea turtles!
Allison the Atlantic Green
Allison survived a predator attack in 2005 with one remaining flipper. For years, Allison could only swim in circles. In 2009, a STI intern designed a prosthetic device to help Allison swim! It was the first successful sea turtle prosthetic in the world. Since then, we have gone through several prosthetics, each one improving on the last. Allison has been featured in People Magazine, Discovery Channel, and the Today Show.
Boudreaux the Altantic Green
Boudreaux stranded at the Mansfield jetties on July 6, 2012. His front limbs were entangled in mono-filament line that was still attached to an old fishing rod. All that was left of his front right flipper was a bone fragment sticking out. He had already lost his back left flipper to a prior injury. Boudreaux is an education sea turtle. His purpose is to warn people about the dangers of leaving fishing line to drift in the ocean.
Hang 10 the Kemp's Ridley
Hang 10 washed back ashore in 2009 as a hatchling. Due to genetic defects, this little Ridley is now a resident at our facility and travels to local events and schools to educate the public.
Fred the Loggerhead
Fred was found entangled in fish line in the late 1990′s. One front flipper was amputated and Fred was released back twice but washed back every time! The adult male was transferred to our care in 2000. He now weighs around 200 lbs!
Merry Christmas the Atlantic Green
Merry Christmas was rescued in the late 1980′s on a chilly Christmas eve. She is non-releasable due to genetic defects. Merry is the only mature female sea turtle resident at our facility. She is very friendly and has been a favorite of visitors for years.
Flippy the Kemp's ridley
Flippy the Kemp's ridley stranded in 2012 as a hatchling. We estimated that he was only a few days old. He gets his name for his erratic swimming pattern. Flippy was born with an underdeveloped lung and shoulder. He is also missing an eye. He is non-releasable due to these birth defects. Repeat x-rays over the past year do show that he is improving. He was recently adopted to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, TX.