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.




Triston Jr.

Triston-JrStranded 9/22/2013

Triston Jr. is a post-hatchling hawksbill sea turtle. He was found in Isla Blanca park by a young man named Triston. Triston Jr. is missing several chunks of his flippers and has a few small wounds on his plastron (bottom shell). He was most likely nibbled on by a predator.  He is in ICU and is getting fluids and antibiotics to treat his injuries.

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

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

Released 10/7/2014


Dazzling Stranded 9/19/2013

Dazzling is a hatchling loggerhead sea turtle. We do not commonly see hatchling loggerheads strand on South Padre Island. He has no physical injuries and we expect that he was washed in by high tides caused by Hurricane Ingrid. He currently resides in our ICU.

May Update: Dazzling was moved to a larger rehabilitation tank outside

August update: Dazzling is doing well and has been cleared for release.

Released 10/7/2014

Lucy Too

LucyTooStranded 9/18/2013


Lucy Too is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found by visitors near Access 5. She has minor scrapes on her shell and a small gash on her right front flipper. The injuries do not seem serious but she will stay in our ICU and receive antibiotics and vitamins until she feels better.


Update (10/1/2013): Moved out of ICU

Released 11/2/2013



Stranded 9/18/2013


Sweets is a hatchling Kemp's ridley sea turtle. She was found by visitors on South Padre Island. She has no physical injuries but is slightly underweight and lethargic. She may have washed in with the high tides caused by Hurricane Ingrid. She currently resides in our ICU.


March Update: Sweets has been moved outside to a larger rehabilitation tank.

August Update: Sweets has been cleared for release!

Released 10/7/2014




Stranded 9/15/2013


Belinda is a juvenile Atlantic green sea turtle. She was accidentally hooked by a fisherman in South Bay. Luckily the fisherman did the right thing by reeling the sea turtle in and calling Sea Turtle, Inc. She had swallowed the hook but luckily our vet tech was able to remove it. Belinda will go on antibiotics for a couple weeks to make sure the wound does not get infected and she will be released later in 2013.

Released 11/2/2013



Stranded 9/7/2013

Baby was found by a Cameron County official in Isla Blanca Park. She was crawling around the dunes. Baby has no physical injuries and is already eating well. Pending a physical evaluation, she should be released by the end of September.


Released 9/18/2013


Stranded 8/4/2013

Heather was found wedged between the rocks of the Mansfield Jetties. She had a heavy load of barnacles on her carapace (top of shell) and head. Additionally, she had severe scraped on her plastron (bottom shell) and flippers from being wedged. This turtle had previously been tagged with a special microchip (found under the skin). The tag information showed us that she had previously stranded in Corpus in June!


Updated: Heather moved out of ICU in mid-August. Her wounds have healed nicely and she will most likely be released later this Fall!

Released 11/2/2013

Johnny Football


Stranded 5/12/2013

Johnny Football was found by visitors in front of Clayton's Beach Bar. He is a juvenile Loggerhead and  it is very rare to get this size class of loggerhead on South Padre Island. He is missing a majority of both of his back flippers and a chunk of his shell. The injuries indicate that he was attacked by a predator but we're not sure what kind. He is recovering from his injuries and currently resides in a small tank in our ICU. He should be able to swim in a deep water rehabilitation tank as soon as he is off of his medication! He will be released when he grows to a larger size.


Update: Johnny Football was moved to a larger rehabilitation tank in August. He is swimming and diving very well!

Released 7/22/2014

Lady Jack


Stranded 6/20/2013

Lady Jack was found in the Laguna Madre by a group of fishermen. She had a large hook embedded in her lower beak. Her beak and face were heavily scarred and scabbed over from the hook rubbing against it. Her left front flipper was entangled in part of the rig attached to the hook and she had a small scar on the joint. She has trouble moving the flipper.

Update: Lady Jack's beak is healing well, but she still does not move her front flipper. She was moved into a rehabilitation tank to get more exercise and use her flipper more.

Update: Lady Jack was taken to the Gladys Porter Zoo vet  on 8/10 for an x-ray of her front flipper. It seems that part of her humerus bone is not there. We believe that she has a marine bacteria that may be attacking and eating her bones. We will do several biopsies to better understand the nature of the bacteria. She has been moved to a smaller quarantine tank.

Update: Repeat x-ray was done on 9/9/2013, no improvement or change.

Update: 10/1/2013 Blood work came back with no abnormalities. She is starting to use her front flipper. She will be moved to a bigger tank

Update: 10/10/2013: Lady Jack will be released by the end of October

Released 10/21/2013





Stranded 6/16/2013


Ellie is an Atlantic green sea turtle. She was found by visitors at the mouth of South Bay. She was entangled in a discarded drift anchor. The line was wrapped around her front left flipper. She was bloated, lethargic and bleeding from the mouth. The flipper, unfortunately, had already lost blood flow for along period of time and was necrotic (dead) so it had to be amputated. Ellie came out of the surgery very well and is recovering in ICU.


Update: Ellie was moved to rehabilitation Tank 1 with several other juvenile Atlantic green sea turtles. She is expected to be ready for release in fall 2013.

 Released 9/18/2013