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.

 

 

 

Willie

Willie

Stranded 7/1/2010

Willie is a post-hatchling Kemp's ridley sea turtle. He stranded right after Hurricane Alex hit South Padre Island. He had small predator bites on his front left flipper and his shell. His wounds healed very nicely and he's in rehabilitation. His favorite food is shrimp and he has a voracious appetite. He will be released in summer of 2013.

Release 8/23/2013


Slick

Slick

Stranded 11/16/2012

Slick is an Atlantic green sea turtle hatchling. He stranded with a small wound to his neck, possibly a predator bite. He has recovered from his injuries and is in good condition in Sea Turtle, Inc's ICU. He will be released when he grows toa larger size.

Released 8/13/2014


Tickles

TicklesStranded 11/16/2012

Tickles is a Atlantic green sea turtle hatchling. She was attacked by a predator who bit off most of her front right flipper and parts of her back flippers. Despite her injuries, she is doing very well. She is already actively swimming and diving in her tank in the ICU and has a healthy appetite. She will be released when she grows to  larger size.

 

Released 8/13/2014


Quince

QuinceStranded 11/15/2012

Quince is a hatchling Atlantic green sea turtle who was brought in by a woman from Utah. His name is the Spanish number "fifteen." This turtle has small predator bites out of his back flippers. His condition has improved greatly since he was brought in and he is now starting to eat small bits of shrimp. He will be kept in the hatchling tanks in our ICU until he grows to a larger size. Quince is considered a releasable turtle when he grows to a larger size.

Update: Quince is currently swimming in rehabilitation tank 1 with other juvenile green sea turtles. He will be released summer 2014!

Released 8/13/2014


Dooby Doo

Dooby-DooStranded 11/1/2012

Dooby Doo is a hatchling hawksbill sea turtle. He was found on Boca Chica beach by a group of winter visitors. Dooby Doo has a couple small predator bites on his shell and flippers, but no serious physical injuries. He is currently eating well and spending time in the hatchling tanks of our ICU. He will be released when his injuries heal and he grows to a larger size.

Released 6/28/2014


Larry C.

Larry-C.Stranded 10/29/12

Larry C. is a hatchling hawksbill sea turtle found by visitors at the end of Highway 100. He is missing chunks of his back flippers due to predator attacks and also has an abnormal scute count. Scutes are the plates of keratin on a turtles back. Hawksbill usually have 4 lateral (side) scutes and 5 vertebral (along the backbone) scutes. How many does Larry have?

He will be released when he is healthy and has reached a larger size.

Released 6/28/2014


Fuerte

FuerteStranded 9/10/2010

Fuerte is a post-hatchling Kemp's ridley sea turtle. He stranded with no physical injuries shortly after tropical storm Hermine. Fuerte is rehabilitating well and will be released in the Summer of 2013.


Suerte

SuerteStranded 10/15/2011

Suerte is a juvenile Hawksbill sea turtle. His name is Spanish for "Luck." He was found just north of County Access 5 by visitors, who turned him over to a South Padre Island county Sheriff. He was covered in algae and all four of his flippers had predator bites. The wounds were all past wounds and had already healed. He most likely stranded due to exhaustion. He was given antibiotics and recently has been moved out of the ICU. We will keep him until he grows to the size of a dinner plate. Thus, he will most likely be released in 2013.

Released 11/4/2013


Alexis

Alexis

Stranded 7/2/2010

Alexis is a post-hatchling Kemp's ridley who was found at County Beach Access 5 right after Hurricane Alex hit South Padre Island. She is missing her front left flipper from a predator attack. Alexis will be released in Summer of 2013.

Released 6/26/2013


Amigo

Amigo

Stranded 9/24/2010

Amigo is a post-hatchling Kemp's ridley sea turtle. He was found washed on shore, shortly after tropical storm Hermine. He is missing his right front flipper, possibly from a  predator attack. Amigo will be released in Summer of 2013.

Released 11/4/2013