Reason for Stranding

Patient History

Patient Injuries

Patient Treatments

Stranded 10/02/2016

Released 6/12/2017


Sunshine is a beautiful juvenile20161013_081102 hawksbill tha twas found in the surf line at city beach access 4 by a family from nearby McAllen, TX.  Sunshine’s right front flipper was missing but perfectly healed, and did not have any apparent injuries. Radiographs (x-rays) did show some abnormalities in the lungs. We are monitoring Sunshine’s swimming and buoyancy to see if the little turtle displays any tilting behavior or trouble diving.

November update: Sunshine is eating well and has good energy. No abnormal swimming tendencies have been observed. Routinely rests at the bottom of a deep tank!

December update: Gaining weight and enjoying swimming with tank-mates Barber, Rhino and Juniper!

January update: Same report as December only swimming with one more friend, Sheri!

February update: Unfortunately, Sunshine has an infection caused by the bacteria Clostridium. The good news is one course of Penicillin cleared it up!

March update: Sunshine is doing wonderful! Currently swimming with Hula, our other hawksbill. Hoping, they will both be going back to the ocean in June

April update: Still looking good for a June release. Up to 7.5 lbs (Sunshine was 2.4 lbs upon arrival at our facility last October)!

May update: Our 7.9 lb beauty is going home on June 12th, 2017! Sunshine will be taken to the ‘South Padre Island Underwater Park’ at the U.S./Mexico border, via the Coast Guard.

Ways to help Sunshine's Recovery

Adopt Sunshine

One of the three primary missions at Sea Turtle, Inc. is rehabilitation. We work hard to rescue and return every sea turtle back to the wild. Proceeds from this adoption will go directly to purchase needed medical supplies, veterinary exams, x-rays, food and general care for our rehab turtles.

Support Us

Sea Turtle, Inc. is dependent on donations to fund our mission; we do not receive any governmental support. Because Sea Turtle, Inc. is a non-profit 501(C)(3), your contributions are tax deductible. We thank you for your support!

Subscribe to our Quarterly newsletter

Scroll to Top