Released Turtles

 Here's who we've released in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016!!

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 to 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. Here are stories about some of the sea turtles we have rescued and returned to the ocean in the past two years.





madi-jax shark

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!

Released 8/17/2016



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; however, he has a small FP tumor that must be treated prior to release. The FP tumor was removed in late April and Bobby recovered quickly!!!


Released 05/09/2016

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.

Released 11/27/2015



Stranded 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.

March Update: Meatball is swimming stronger and playing with Mitch and Lizz. We are hoping she will be released with her playmates later this month!  Become a member to watch Meatball swim on our underwater webcam!

Released 4/6/2016

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.

Released 11/27/2015


buddah 2-2-16Buddah

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 Summer 2016.

March Update: Buddah is growing stronger every day! He is becoming a crowd favorite. In picture to right he is approximately 5.5 inches and almost a pound! He is bigger than the lettuce now!!!

April Update:  Click here to see Buddha swimming in his own tank!!!

June Update:  Buddha is going home. We should be releasing Buddha in early July. This will not be a public release as we will be releasing her near the Mansfield Jetties.

Released 7/11/2016



No-PhotoStranded 6/30/2015

Kiernan is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found with fishing line wrapped tightly around his front left flipper. Luckily he had no additional injuries and looks very healthy. He should be released in summer of 2015.

Released 7/29/2015

Bob B.


Stranded 8/4/2015

Bob B. is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle who was accidently hooked by a local fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico. Luckily, he did the right thing by calling Sea Turtle, inc. and asking for assistance.  Luckily the hook was removed and the turtle seems perfectly healthy. He is currently in our ICU being monitored and will most likely be released within one month.

Released 8/21/2015



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 treatments. She will most likely be cleared for release by the end of 2015.

Released 9/14/2015


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.

August Update: The laser treatments worked wonders on Tint! His wounds have recovered and he has regained use of his front right flipper. It will not have to be amputated!  Tint has been moved to an outside rehabilitation tank. He will be released before the end of 2015. 

Released 9/19/2015