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!