Al is a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle. He was found swimming near the Laguna Vista seawall by residents who live nearby. They noticed he was not moving his front left flipper and they called Sea Turtle, Inc. to investigate. Al has fishing line wrapped so tightly around his flipper that it swelled up to 3 times its normal size. Additionally he had a hook in his shoulder, old injuries from a boat strike, and predator bites on his back flippers. He is a lucky sea turtle! The fishing line was removed and we are currently monitoring his recovery in our ICU.
September Update: Al has full use of his front left flipper and has been moved to a rehabilitation tank.
October Update: Al was recently moved to a bigger tank and has been cleared for release!