the Rehabilitation Journey

Since 1977, Sea Turtle, Inc. has been committed to rehabilitating sick and injured sea turtles. We treat over 100 sea turtles each year for various issues, including but not limited to fibropapillomatosis (FP), entanglement, hook ingestion, boat strikes, impactions, predator attacks, and mass cold stranding events. Every one of our patients receives a physical exam, comprehensive x-rays and blood work, and a specific treatment plan based on the cause of stranding. From rescue to release, our dedicated rehab staff monitors every step of the way.

Our veterinary staff releases our patients at different locations, based upon the turtle species. Green sea turtles are usually released via a sunset cruise/dolphin watch boat trip in the Laguna Madre Bay here on South Padre Island, Texas. Loggerheads are typically released on the Gulf side of Isla Blanca Park. Kemp’s ridleys and hawksbills are taken on private, off-shore releases. Every public release will be announced on our social media pages.

In 2021, we are going to renovate and expand our hospital completely. When completed, our new veterinary clinic will include a surgical suite, treatment area, lead-lined x-ray room, and a blood work station. There will be a ground-to-ceiling viewing window into our treatment room/surgical suite, allowing our visitors to watch treatments and procedures. Mark your calendars for fall 2021 to come and check out our new hospital!

 

In 2019, a total of 85 sea turtles stranded and were brought in to our facility.

Break down of our 2019 causes for stranding

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entangled in fishing line
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with hooks
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boat strikes
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predator attacks
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unknown
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cold stuns
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washed back post-hatchlings
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stuck in rocks at jetties
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debilitated

'Debilitation' means the animals are in an overall weakened state on arrival; they are often underweight, lethargic, with abnormal blood values. It can be difficult to attribute a certain disease or cause of these issues, so that's why we use the generalized term of 'debilitated' to describe these cases.

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