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Surgery Day

Today was a surgery day. Typically we do surgery 1-2 times a week; depending on the turtles that we currently have. We’ll do multiple surgeries in 1 day, sort of like a sea turtle assembly line. Then once they are done with surgery, they get to recuperate inside the emergency room. Below is Olivia, one […]

New Patients: Monica and Hoaloha

Sea turtle rehab is a funny thing. Sometimes, we get lots of turtles. Then at other times, it slows down. For example: Sunday August 21st we got in 3 turtles; Kala, Spartacus, and Blaine. Then 4 weeks with no rescues. But that changed this week. Tuesday we rescued Monica from Islamorada and Wednesday we rescued […]

Endangered sea turtles lay eggs on Mexican beach

LA ESCOBILLA, Mexico (Reuters) - Nesting endangered marine turtles have arrived at La Escobilla beach on Mexico's Pacific coast, in their annual migration, a sign that life is about to burst forth from scorched grains of sand.

Tour de Turtles Journey from Cuba to Florida

This past Summer, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Maria La Gorda, Cuba, the far most western tip of Cuba as part of the Sea Turtle Conservancy Sea Turtle Expedition. While the core part of our trip was to tag sea turtles to...Show More Summary

Bath Time

You may not know this, but our sea turtles get bath time just like us! It is common for sea turtles in the wild to have algae on their shells. While they are in the wild, they rely on fish to help clean their shells and scratching themselves against rocks or reefs. But while the […]

How do shark teeth bite? Reciprocating saw, glue provide answers

Sept. 8, 2016 Sharks have a big reputation for their teeth. The ocean predators use their buzz saw mouths to efficiently dismantle prey, ranging from marine mammals and sea turtles to seabirds and -- as Hollywood likes to remind us -- an occasional human. There are more than 400 species of sharks in the world and each has a unique tooth shape. Show More Summary

Turtle Toys

Have you ever seen a sea turtle play fetch? Well if you haven’t, you’re not alone. Sea turtles do not play the same way that dogs or cats do. They’re solitary animals so they don’t typically play with others. Their version has more to do with scratching and hiding. So we provide our turtles with […]

Wednesday Lunchtime Links: Humane Society Receives 34 Cats And Kittens In Cardboard Boxes

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Very Quick Rehab and Release

An adult female loggerhead sea turtle was rescued in the lower Keys this morning. The wayward turtle was discovered far from a beach, next to a chain link fence bordering a tennis court. Most likely the turtle followed the lights on the tennis court, rather than the reflection of the moon and stars on the […]

Public Sea Turtle Release 9/6 at 11:30 am at Sombrero Beach

JOIN us for a Public Sea Turtle Release scheduled for TOMORROW morning at 11:30 am at Sombrero Beach.   Bring your family and friends! Cooper, a 75 pound sub adult loggerhead sea turtle will be released off of Sombrero Beach tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6th at 11:30 a.m. Cooper will arrive in the turtle ambulance at […]

Diving into Big Island’s overlooked national parks

Shaded by ironwood trees rustling in the trade wind, I tread briskly along the pebbly coastal path, keeping my eye out for green sea turtles bobbing near wave-lapped rocks. Miles away on another section of the trail, heat rises fromShow More Summary

Organized poaching is decimating Madagascar's sea turtles

The illegal hunting of Madagascar's sea turtles is reaching a crisis level as a result of organized trafficking networks says a team of conservationists. The team asserts that the recent spike in the exploitation of marine turtles is...Show More Summary

natureconservancy: An endangered hawksbill sea turtle reaches...

natureconservancy: An endangered hawksbill sea turtle reaches the ocean for the first time. Her journey will be a long and hopefully safe one. After placing satellite tags on 10 adult hawksbills, the Conservancy learned that many were traveling upwards of 2,000 km from the Solomon Islands to the Great Barrier Reef. Show More Summary

Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area

President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species in what will be the world's largest marine protected area. … Click to Continue...

Didi’s Release on Saturday 8/29

The Turtle Hospital is excited to announce a public sea turtle release scheduled for Saturday, August 29th at 9:30 a.m. Please join us on Sombrero Beach in Marathon as we cheer on Didi, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle.  Didi was found floating between Boot Key bridge and Burdines in July.  X-rays revealed Didi was suffering […]

Join us for the release of Freedom 10/3/15

The Turtle Hospital is excited to announce a public sea turtle release scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd at 12:30 p.m. off of Higg’s Beach behind Salute restaurant, 1000 Atlantic Blvd., Key West.  Please join us as we cheer on Freedom, a 137 pound loggerhead sea turtle!  Freedom was rescued on 4th of July Oceanside of  Boca Chica where she was […]

Join us for Laurie’s Release on Saturday 12/26

Join us this Saturday, December 26th at 12:30 p.m. on Sombrero Beach in Marathon as we release Laurie, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle back to her ocean home! Raymond Tencelski was driving across Long Key Bridge earlier this month when he spotted a sea turtle entangled in a trap line on the gulfside.  Raymond immediately called the […]

GoHawaii mobile app details secret places, safety tips and island emojis

What should you do if you encounter a giant sea turtle while swimming or snorkeling in Hawaii? Want to find a secret spot for great kayaking and outrigger canoeing? The newly released Go Hawaii mobile app answers these questions and more. The Hawaii Tourism Authority app provides suggestions about...

Helping Sea Turtles is a Group Effort

For the past two years we have released turtles with satellite tags as part of Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tour de Turtles (www.tourdeturtles.org). Pine Tyme in 2014 and Aaron 2015. Both were sub-adult loggerheads that stranded in the Keys (Big Pine Key and Key Largo respectively). They were both released at Sombrero Beach in Marathon but […]

Boat Strike Turtles: Yoshi, Cristiane, and Ren

Over the past few months, we have admitted quite a few sea turtles with boat strike injuries. Yoshi came in March 13th with a wound on the top of his most likely caused by a boat. Luckily it just grazed the surface, but it still caused a bit of a headache. Yoshi also arrived with […]

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