What is a Stranded Turtle?

This is Sheila, who stranded on 2/20/2013. After a couple months of care, she was released back to the wild on 4/11/2013.

When sea turtles are sick or injured they stop swimming and are washed ashore by waves and tides. This is when people find them. After a stranded turtle arrives at STI, triage begins. Its condition is evaluated and they are treated by our Vet Tech and staff, or sent to Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville if needed. GPZ does major surgeries and x-rays. The four main reasons for stranding are: predation, entanglement, boat props, and plastic consumption. Other reasons are cold stuns (hypothermia), oil spills, and internal infections.

If you find a stranded sea turtle, please call 956-761-4511 to let us know immediately.