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.





                                                          Stranded 9/16/2016


Frida  is an fridaadult Kemp's ridley  female found by Michael, Stefanie and Hannah Bean near Schlitterbahn. Frida was very non responsive. No obvious injuries. It is believed she is a victim of red tide. A neurotoxin in the algae called brevetoxin affects the turtles' nerves and muscles, keeping them from swimming and diving properly, causing them to strand. She has been in detox mode since arrival and is responding. She should be in an outdoor rehabilitation tank soon, preparing for release.

Released 10/14/2016




     Stranded 9/01/2016


CJ is an Atlantic green cj1juvenile found on Boca Chica by friends Charlie and Joe. CJ's right flipper was entangled in fishing line. The good news is that this juvenile Atlantic green had no Fibropapilloma tumors and has recovered with his flipper intact. CJ is swimming in an outdoor rehabilitation tank  with friend Boerne.

October Update:  CJ and pal Boerne should be headed home the week of 10/17. Follow Facebook for date and time!

Released 10/19/2016



Stranded 8/21/2016


Boerneboerne on facebook is a beautiful Atlantic green juvenile. Tina & Michael Hollenbaugh, formerly from Boerne, saw him swimming off the jetties, distressed and entangled in fishing line. They called us after hours,  then jet skied out to pick him up and delivered him Dolphin Cove, where assistant curator Kat Lillie met them.  Boerne  is very active in his ICU pool, but we are still running diagnostics at the time of this writing.

September Update:  Boerne has been moved to an outdoor rehabilitation tank and is swimming well with friend CJ. Both are being prepared for an October release.

October UpdateBoerne will be released the week on 10/17. Follow facebook posts for date and time!


                        Released 10/19/2016


                              Stranded 8/8/2016


bobBob is a sub-adult  Atlantic green sea turtle. Bob  was found in the bay near Holly Beach,  Laguna Vista. Bob had a commercial  longline hook embedded in his right flipper. The hook was removed and the wound is being treated. Bob is in ICU, eating very little. A laceration was discovered on the inside of his mouth, probably a result of him trying to free himself from the fishing line.


Bob is named for his founder Bob Blumberg. He and Melinda Bland were fishing in the bay, when they spotted a sea turtle struggling to remove itself from the longline. To see a video of Bob's rescue, go to

September Update:  Bob is now in an outdoor rehabilitation tank. He should be going back home soon!!!

October Update:   Bob also should be released in the next 2 weeks. We had to keep him a little longer than planned, due to red tide.

Released 10-17-2016


Stranded 6/05/2016


brownie1Brownie is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. His flipper was wrapped around fishing line, and there was a hook stuck near the injured flipper. It will take some time to determine if his flipper will heal. To read more about how humans endanger sea turtles, click here.

Sadly...Brownie's flipper had to be amputated. Since he lost the flipper on June 16, he has been morebrownie2 responsive and eating better. The wound is healing well.

July Update: Brownie is recovering well and has been moved to an outdoor rehabilitation tank with the buddies, Shakira, Harry, Crunchy Waves and Gabby to await FP laser surgery.

HEE HAW!!!!!  Brownie has recovered so well, that he was one of our first four turtles to have FP tumors removed via our new CO2 laser. Brownie's tumors were small and few and cauterized quickly. The surgery was performed at the Gladys Porter Zoo. Brownie returned home same day to recuperate in his hospital ICU bed!

August Update: Brownie is back swimming with buds Harry and Drifter. He appears to have made a full recovery from his FP surgery!

September Update:  No recurrence of FP tumors!!! Brownie and friends should be headed home shortly!!!!

October Update: Brownie and buds are headed out with CJ and Boerne on a boat release the week of 10/17. Keep an eye of facebook posts for date and time!

Released 10-19-2016


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

Crunchy Waves

crunchy waves

Stranded 3/18/2016

Crunchy Waves is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found by a family fishing off the jetties in Isla Blanca Park and named by the two daughters, Mikayla and Peyton Dicker.  Crunchy Waves was entangled in in fishing line, requiring our vet tech, Brian Thurow, to dive in and save him.  He had a two inch laceration to to his front right flipper and multiple FP tumors on eyes and all flippers. Crunchy Wave's flipper wound is healing well, and he has been moved to our ICU pool in the gift shop.

June Update: Crunchy is doing well. Waiting on FP surgery, but swimming with his buds Gabby, Harry and Shakira.

July Update: Crunchy was our turtle with the most amount of FP tumors. Crunchy Waves was also treated on July 26 and like his buddies, is doing wonderfully well. Crunchy still has tumors around his eyes, which will be treated in the future.

October Update:  Crunchy will be released the week of 10/17 along with 5 other fellow greens!!! Check Facebook for time and place!

                                                                                Released 10/19/2016




Stranded 02-14-2016 harry

Harry is our Valentine. He was picked up on the beach, about 2.2 miles North of County Access 5, after we received a call from his namesake.  Harry is green juvenile, that was extremely emaciated. With proper medication and tender care Harry has quickly recovered his vitality,  but he is still covered with FP tumors. He is an excellent candidate for laser surgery. Click here to see a more recent video.

April Update: Harry has been moved to Tank 1, formerly occupied by Lizz, Meatball & Mitch.

May UpdateHarry is now happily swimming with Shakira, Crunchy Waves, and Gabby! Click here to see a short video of Harry and his buddies. Waiting on FP surgery.

July Update:   Harry was among the four who underwent surgery on July 26 at the Gladys Porter Zoo. He, like his buds, is in a private "hospital bed" recovering well. The four are receiving lots of tender loving care. We hope Harry will be out in a rehab tank soon to prepare for his future release!!!!

August Update:   Harry, back swimming with  Drifter and Brownie, is recovering well from FP surgery.  His wounds are 85% recovered. He is still very active and ornery!!!

September UpdateHarry's wounds are completely recovered, and there have been no new FP tumors. Homeward bound soon!!!

October Update: Harry is headed out with his buddies. Check Facebook for when and where!!!!

Released 10-19-2016





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