A sea turtle being rehabilitated at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. (Photo: Oceana / Cory Wilson) From the time they hatch and bravely crawl towards the ocean, sea turtles face many obstacles like falling prey to crabs, gulls, and sharks—and only one in 1,000 to 10,000 are estimated to survive to adulthood. Show More Summary
This morning we were very happy to see that former Turtle Hospital employee, Donna, was dropping by for a visit. We got even more excited when we found out that she had brought along a friend—a freshly hatched Loggerhead sea turtle. Donna now volunteers for Save-A-Turtle, a FL Keys non-profit organization also dedicated to protecting sea turtles. Show More Summary
The Turtle Hospital responded to two rescue calls in late June and were successfully able to treat two critically endangered sea turtles. The first was “Leanna” a 100lbs Adult female Hawksbill who was found on 6/16/2014. Leanna had become severely entangled in a rope that was attached to a heavy crab trap. Show More Summary
A rare rescue was made on May 15th, when a turtle in trouble was spotted in the marina of The Turtle Hospital! Named ‘Yertle’, this turtle knew just where to go to get some help. The turtle was badly tangled in fishing line around the right front flipper and was missing it’s left front flipper (possibly severed due to entanglement). Show More Summary
The Turtle Hospital is excited to announce a public sea turtle release on Saturday, April 26th at 10:00 AM. Join us on Sombrero Beach in Marathon as we cheer on Francis,Show More Summary
The Turtle Hospital is excited to announce a public sea turtle release scheduled for Saturday, April 19th promptly at 1:00 p.m. Join us on Higg’s Beach behind Salute restaurant, 1000 Atlantic Blvd., Key West as we cheer on Archer,...Show More Summary
This week has welcomed two new patients making our grand turtle total at 45 patients here at the Turtle Hospital. On Monday, Mocho, a post hatchling Hawksbill was rescued in Stock Island. Mocho is missing his left front flipper already even though he is only a few months old. Most likely a bigger fish or bird got a quick bite of him as he was … Read More ?
On March 21st the hospital received a call from Susan and George, a couple from Tavernier saying they could see a turtle floating a couple yards from their dock. They said they had seen it lift its head to breath a couple times but was not moving very fast and was covered in barnacles and algae. They had been on the tour just a couple weeks … Read More ?
Remember our friend in Fujian who was hospitalized following a kiss gone terribly, terribly wrong with his apparent pet turtle (ahem, snapping turtle)? Well we never showed you a photo of the aftermath, and it's not pretty. Not pretty at all. [ more › ]
A man believed to be setting his pet turtle free was hospitalized after the creature reached up and bit him on the lips, holding him in what netizens are describing as a painful, 'passionate goodbye kiss'. Pictures of the scene wereShow More Summary
Earlier in January, an 80 lb green sea turtle named “Paul” was admitted to our hospital with a humongous sized tumor growing on his right shoulder. One of our current patients, “Jimbo”, holds the record for the biggest tumor we … Continue reading ?
Wednesday, February 12th was a big day for the stranding hotline at the hospital with two turtles being admitted within hours of each other. The first call came from Holly and Mike in Grassy Key. They had been enjoying their … Continue reading ?
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Turtle Hospital staff began early yesterday morning, pulling turtles from their tanks while still dark for a road trip north. The ambulance was packed with six juvenile Green turtles headed for Dr. Karpinski’s office in Pinecrest, just outside of Miami. … Continue reading ?
On Friday afternoon, Turtle Hospital was alerted of a rescue mission going on just outside of Whale Harbor Marina in Islamorada. A Coast Guard vessel had spotted a Green sea turtle that was unable to dive. Despite the turtle’s efforts, it’s rear … Continue reading ?
About two weeks ago, a call was received from a family who had noticed a turtle floating in their backyard on Grassy Key. The Mazzucchi family had just been to the Turtle Hospital that morning to see what the center … Continue reading ?
The Turtle Hospital is excited to announce a public sea turtle release scheduled for Saturday, December 14th at 12:00 p.m. Please join us on Higg’s Beach behind Salute restaurant, 1000 Atlantic Blvd., Key West as we cheer on Hunter, an … Continue reading ?
The Turtle Hospital hosted it’s 22nd Sea Turtle Workshop this weekend! Sea turtle professionals participated from all over the world, including visitors from Australia, Brazil, Bonaire, Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Belize, and Mexico! On Saturday, biologists and veterinarians from all different organizations … Continue reading ?
This past Tuesday, Turtle Hospital staff were very busy with seven surgeries on turtles with the fibropapilloma virus. These turtles were mainly suffering from eye tumors and were evaluated to see if vision was still present in these affected eyes … Continue reading ?
Thanks to the Marathon Community and all who came out to support The Turtle Hospital and sea turtles! A boat hit Loggerhead named Xiomy had a lot of well wishes from the huge crowd that came to Sombrero Beach to … Continue reading ?