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.

 

 

 

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.


Kenai

kenai in poolStranded: 12-13-2016

Released: 6-12-2017

 

Kenai is being closely monitored in our ICU. Kenai was found about 9 miles north of our center on December 13th, 2016 by Mica nad Hazel, visiting from Kenai, Alaska. One of Kenai;s lungs is smaller than the other, which is likely a congenital defect. Upon arrival to our facility, Kenai was having buoyancy issues (listing to one side), but these issues have since resolved. Kenai's blood work was normal, so we are not sure why this turtle stranded.

January update: Kenai is being closely monitored in our ICU. The turtle has intermittent appetite and buoyancy issues.

February update: Kenai was started back on antibiotics due to a potential oral infection; both corners of his mouth were hot pink on 2/4. By Valentines' day, much less pink! Kenai has been eating on his own for over a week now. He is still being treated with Vitamin B injections to stimulate his appetite, and is still in ICU.

April updateKenai is doing well. Up to 17.8 pounds! Hoping we can say good bye to Kenai in June!

May update: Release date: June 12th, 2017! Kenai be taken along with our hawksbills Hula and Sunshine to the ‘South Padre Island Underwater Park’ at the U.S./Mexico border, via the Coast Guard.


Harbor

Stranded 12-07-2016

Released 05-15-2017

 

harbor carapace

Harbor, named for the infamous Pearl Harbor day, is a 30 pound Atlantic green. Harbor, like Nancy above, also stranded as a result of fishing line entanglement. He was pulled in by fishermen at the Isla Blanca jetties.

Harbor's plastron had a heavy amount of barnacles, and he too has FP tumors. He was started on antibiotics, vitamin B, iron and fluids. His appetite is good and he is energetic!harbor plastron

Harbor has been moved to the FP quarantine tank with PJ, Jet, Toco, And Key.

January Update: Harbor has been losing some weight, so he has been moved to an FP tank with just Susan, where we will be closely monitoring  his appetite. He has finished all meds, but is being given iron. He will not be eligible for surgery until he recovers his strength.

January 18, Update: Harbor has been getting stronger and was able to undergo his first surgery. His huge lower body tumors (pictured right) near his rear flippers have been removed. His front body tumors will be removed in a subsequent surgery.

January 31, Update: Harbor is FP free, but still not putting on weight!

February 14, Update: Surgery wounds are healing. (Will update pictures when wounds are totally healed!) Harbor has been eating well, but he is dropping weight, beyond the weight of his tumors. We are  running further diagnostics, checking for infection. ( Note: Some larger tumors weigh 1 to 1.5 pounds.)

February 27, Update: Harbor has gained weight...1.1 lbs!!!!

March 22, Update: Harbor had a regrowth and had surgery on 3/8. He is still gaining weight.

April 20, Update: Has gained another 3 lbs since last update!!!! Does appear to have a regrowth on plastron that will need retreated soon.

May 5, Update: Harbor had 3 small tumors removed. Will re-evaluate in a couple of weeks to see if ready for release!!!!

May 15, Update:  Harbor was released!!!


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.


Key

Stranded 11/16/2016

Released 4/28/2017