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.

 

 

 

Shelldon

Shelldon

Stranded 2/23/2014

Shelldon is a juvenile Atlantic green. He was found 10 miles north of County Access 6. He was completely covered with algae and had a large crack on his shell, possibly from a boat strike. The wound was bleeding slightly when he arrived. He is currently bandaged and is being evaluated by our veterinary staff. He is currently in the ICU.

April 2014 Update: Shelldon is still in ICU but his shell is continuing to heal. It will be a long road for him but we are optimistic for his recovery!

June 2014 Update: Shelldon was been moved to a rehabilitation tank outsid!

Released 7/14/2014


Pete

Pete

Stranded 2/23/2014

Pete is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found floating in the bay by locals. He is already swimming well in ICU and his reason for stranding is unknown.

Released 3/20/2014


Bex

BexStranded: 1/3/2013

Bex is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found behind the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Her reason for stranding is unknown but we believe she may have been affected by recent cold spells. She is expected to be released in early Spring.

Released: 3/20/2014


Justin

Justin

Stranded 11/28/2013

Justin is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found floating in the bay due to cold stranding. He had a broken front left flipper for unknown reasons. Surgery was done to try to fix the flipper but unfortunately the break was so severe that it had to be amputated. He is currently recovering in our ICU.

January Update: Justin recovered very well from his amputation and is currently swimming in rehabilitation tank 4! He will most likely be released in April of 2014.

Released 4/2014


Olive

Olive

Stranded 11/29/2013

Olive is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found floating in the Long Island Village area near Port Isabel. She was most likely struck by a boat propeller. She has damage to her left eye as well as several slices to her carapace (top shell). Additionally she is missing a chunk from the side of her shell. Her injuries are very severe and she is in critical condition.

January Update: Olive's injuries continue to improve. She recently was our first patient to use a special wound V.A.C. system which applies negative pressure to her shell wound to encourage faster healing. She is able to swim in water but is still not eating on her own. She is still in serious condition but we do expect her to make a full recovery.

February Update: The wound V.A.C. system was taken off and the shell is healing nicely. She continues to recover in ICU.

April Update: Olive has been moved to a rehabilitation tank outside. We hope to release her in the Fall of 2014.

Released 9/22/2014


Jace

Jace

Stranded 10/22/2013

Jace is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. He was found by visitors just north of Access 5. He has a few superficial scrapes but no serious injuries. His reason for stranding is unknown. He will receive vitamins in our ICU until bloodwork comes back.

10/28/2013: Bloodwork came back normal. The turtle is eating well and will be released in the next few weeks.

Released 11/2/2013


Bela

Bela

Stranded 9/29/2013

Bela is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found on the beach by visitors. She has a few small scrapes on her plastron (bottom shell) and what look like teeth marks on her carapace (top shell). She may have been attacked by a predator. Blood was drawn to determine if she has underlying issues and she currently resides in our ICU.

 

Released 11/2/2013


Mae

Mae

Stranded 9/25/2013

Mae was founding floating in the Laguna Madre near the "fingers" area of Port Isabel. She is a post-hatchling hawksbill sea turtle. Mae has no physical injuries but is weak and very skinny. She may have washed in due to high tides and strong currents caused by recent Gulf storms. She is in ICU receiving fluids and vitamins.

January 2014 Update: Mae has been moved to rehabilitation tank 2 with other juvenile hawksbill sea turtles!

April 2014: Mae has been moved to rehabilitation tank 7 with other juvenile hawksbill sea turtles!

Released 10/7/2014


Little Trucker

Little-Trucker

Stranded 9/22/2013

Little Trucker is a post-hatchling Kemp's ridley. He was found washed up in Sargassum seaweed in Isla Blanca Park. He is missing a back flipper, possibly due to a predator attack. He is currently in ICU being treated with fluids and antibiotics for his injury.

April 2014 Update: Little Trucker has been moved to rehabilitation tank 17 so he can have more space to grow!

Released 10/7/2014


Mac

Mac

Stranded 9/22/2013

Mac is a post hatchling Kemp's ridley sea turtle. He was found by visitors just north of Access 6. He has no physical injuries but he is very weak. He may have washed up due to high tides or exhaustion from recent storms. He is ICU and getting fluids and vitamins.

March Update: Mac has been moved to a larger tank so he will have room to grow.

May Update: Mac has been cleared for release in Fall of 2014

Released 10/7/2014