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.




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



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


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Stranded 8/29/2015

Released 6/12/2017


Hula is a juvenile Hawksbill sea turtle. This turtle was found on the beach covered in algae and barnacles. There were no obvious external injuries, but there was oil/tar inside the mouth. After a few days in our ICU, Hula began to pass an oily substance, as well as several large chunks of plastic.

October 2015 update: Hula is starting to eat on its own. It is still severely underweight and has problems diving. The turtle is receiving medication in our ICU.

December 2015 update: Hula has started to eat well twice daily but is still underweight for its size. Hula also still suffers from buoyancy problems that cause flotation as a symptom of the injuries. Small weights have been applied to her shell to help in diving.  Hula continues to be monitored in our ICU, where it enjoys scratching its shell and hanging out on the PVC “back-scratcher”.

March 2016 update: Hula has been moved to her own tank! She is diving and all weights should be removed soon, but she still must be hand fed her seafood. Hula has a lot of co-ordination issues and she is unable to find the food. We are trying to teach her to follow the food. We are uncertain at this time what is causing her co-ordination issues. Hula continues to receive medication and we are hoping with time, she will make a full recovery.

April 2016  update: As of 4/9, Hula was diving for her own food! Let's hope this progress continues!

June 2016  update: Hula is swimming, diving and eating wonderfully!

August 2016 update:  Hula is very active and is still eating well, but we are still hoping to get a few more pounds on her before her release.

September 2016 update: Hula started re-emitting an oily substance. A fecal sample was examined by Dr. Tom at  the Gladys Porter Zoo. Further meds to help clear Hula's GI tract of the oily substance are being administered.

October 2016 update:  Although Hula was swimming and diving well, and eating on her own, she was not gaining weight. In September she started re-emitting an oily substance. This prompted us to move her back into ICU where she is being administered a new regimen of medicines and antibiotics.

November 2016 update:  Yay! Hula has been moved back to an outdoor rehabilitation tank. We switched Hula's feeding to twice a day, and we think that is helping! Hula has gained  0.6 lbs, which is a 5% increase! She is now at 13.6 pounds.

December 2016 update:   Hula is now at 15.3 pounds! That is a 3.3 pound increase since 10/29! Yahoo!

January 2017 update:   Hula is now a whopping 17.2 pounds! Keep growing Hula! as of 1/17, make it 17.5 pounds!

February 2017 update: "I'm so excited!" Hula is almost 19 pounds! That is an increase of 6.9 pounds since 10/29/16!

March 2017 update: Up to 20.7 pounds!

April 2017 update: Weighs in at 22.2 pounds! Anticipating an offshore release in June!

May 2017 update: Release date: June 12th, 2017! Hula will be taken to the ‘South Padre Island Underwater Park’ at the U.S./Mexico border, via the Coast Guard. After 2 years in rehabilitation, Hula is finally going back home.

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


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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