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.

 

 

 

Chance

Stranded 03-11-2017

Released 03-30-2017

 

chance with questionChance's rescue was a bit dramatic! It started with a call from Boca Chica. Salvador Villareal and Hannah Solis found Chance wedged in the rocks of the jetties. Boca Chica, by car, is typically a 3 hour round trip drive. On a Spring Break Saturday???? Who knows!!! So...Chris Devlin, former intern and spouse to our Conservation Coordinator, Mariana, kayaked  from the island over to Boca Chica and retrieved Chance, saving staff member a full day's work! Chance is doing well. He is in isolation until diagnostics are complete. Note the red ? on his carapace, within the green outline. These little turtles look so similar that we needed an easy way to identify them in order to distribute appropriate medical treatment and for accurate record keeping. The idea of the  ? on Chance came from Monopoly cards!


Dolores and Margarita

Stranded 03-06-2017

Released 4-28-2017

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dolores3And they keep on coming. High winds and strong waves on Saturday, March 4, could account for these two little ones stranding in the Isla Blanca jetties, wedged between rocks. Both are stable, in good body condition, with typical rock scrapes on their plastrons. Both were started on a course of antibiotics. Dolores(l), Margarita, (r)

April 20 update: Both are cleared for release on April 28!!!!


Jace

Stranded 03-05-2017

Released 4/28/2017

jace after bath

jace before bath

And the little greens are still coming in! Jace, unlike most of his other "classmates", was not found in the jetties, but  way up near the public beach entrance at access #21. Algae covered  more than 50% of his carapace, but no wounds were noted. Jace has a great body condition - fattest turtle we have  seen of this size. Gave freshwater bath, see right, and he is very active.

April 20 Update: Ready to be released! Scheduled to release Friday April 28th.


Sushi

Stranded 02/26/2017

Released 03/30/2017

 

sushiSushi is yet another small green (3 lbs 6 oz)  who was  found crawling on the beach at surf line in Isla Blanca park. Sushi has good energy. She is being  kept in isolation until her fecal is analyzed.


Monika

Stranded 02/16/2017

Released 04/28/2017

Monika LFF base 2.26.17

Monika was found wedged in the rocks at the Isla Blanca jetties. She is currently being administered antibiotics, vitamins, and fluids. She was placed in the outdoor tank with the other FP-free little greens on 2/26. Monika is eating on her own and is receiving cold laser treatments to help heal her wounds.

March 22 Update:  Monika is still receiving cold laser treatments but has finished her course of meds. She is gaining weight and we have hopes for an April release.

April 20 Update: Going home on 4/28!!!


Seaweed

Stranded: 01/28/2017

Released: 03/30/2017

 

Pretty little Seaseaweedweed, a juvenile Atlantic green, weighs just under five pounds. She was found near the Mansfield jetties, about 28 miles north of the center, wedged in the rock crevices. She has some scratches and cuts on her plastron but is FP free. She should be in an outdoor rehabilitation tank soon!

February Update: Seaweed, as predicted, is swimming with the gang of other little, FP free, greens. She has gained a half pound and her plastron is healing!


Barracuda

Stranded 01-08-2017

Released 03-30-2017

 

barracudaBarracuda is one of three cold stunned sea turtles that we could not release. She was found stranded on the beach in Barracuda Cove on Boca Chica Beach.  She is an Atlantic green, weighing in at 8.5 pounds. Barracuda is being treated with antibiotics, Vitamin B and fluids. Se is currently swimming with Cole, who weighs around 95 pounds. We tried putting her with sea turtles her size, but she was a little aggressive. Looks like her name has a double meaning!!! Will get you a picture soon!!!!

Februrary 14 Update: Barracuda is eating well and gaining weight, up to 9.9 pounds! Picture is from 1-29.


Sheri

SHERI1Stranded 12-07-2016

Released 03-30-2017

 

Sheri is a small Atlantic green, the third this month found wedged in the crevices of the jetties at Isla Blanca park. Sheri has some scrapes on her plastron and some minor internal injuries. She is being kept in ICU as we continue to run diagnostics.

January Update:  Sheri is out of ICU, responding well to antibiotics and other medications. She is enjoying swimming with 4 other friends her size.

February Update: No new news, except she is gaining weight and swimming with even more friends now!  Sheri is up to 5.2 pounds.


Susan

Stranded 12-06-2016

Released 03-30-2017

 

susan2Susan is an 11 pound Atlantic green juvenile who was found on the beach 22 miles north of the center. Susan was entangled in fishing line. She had 9 large barnacles on her carapace and was covered in algae. Susan also has a small FP tumor.

Susan has not been eating well. She is being treated with antibiotics, Vitamin B, fluids and a cocktail of emeraid, pedialyte and mineral oil. She is also receiving cold laser therapy on her jaw where the fishing line had cut her.

January Update: Susan is eating better now! She and Harbor, whom she shares a tank with, are both being closely monitored. Susan completed her course of meds, but is still being given iron injections and receiving cold laser therapy.

January 18 Update: Susan had her small FP tumors removed today. She is tumor free! She will now be sharing a tank with Toco, who is also tumor free.

February Update: Susan passed about 3' of clear, thin fishing line!!!! We are hoping that she will start eating better now and gaining weight.


Rhino

Stranded 12-02-2016

Released 03-30-2017

 

Rrhino1hino is a small 4 pound Atlantic green that was trapped  in the jetties at Isla Blanca park. Rhino had scrapes on his plastron (tummy) and carapace and his claws were bleeding. He had one large barnacle on his carapace as well. Rhino was in ICU for four days and is now swimming with Barber, Juniper, and Sunshine.

January Update: Rhino is doing very well, swimming with friends mentioned above, plus now Shari!

February Update: Look how pretty his plastron looks!!! Scrapes are all healed, and he weighs 6.3 lbs!!! Just waiting on steady, warmer temps. for release.