In past years, more than half of the green sea turtles admitted had large tumors caused by a disease scientists have linked to pollution.
Leeches are not everyone’s cup of tea but they are serving a very important purpose here at The Turtle Hospital; Saving flippers! On December 14th the Coast Guard helped us rescue a Loggerhead sea turtle they named Jovanavich. Jovanavich’s right front flipper was severely entangled which created a deep laceration and caused the flipper to swell. We are […]
The Turtle Hospital sustained a little damage due to Hurricane Irma. But we were very lucky; all of our turtles, staff, and buildings are fine. We had some damage to our rear enclosure; the wind tore off the shade cloth covering the enclosure. Some signs came down, along with some trees, and a lot of […]
“Part of living in paradise is keeping an eye on the storm.”
A few days after Hurricane Irma slammed into south Florida ? while there were still tight travel restrictions and curfews in place ? Bette Zirkelbach stocked an ambulance with supplies and raced south.
We heard from Richie and our staff that stayed at The Turtle Hospital and they (and the turtles) are all safe. Even though the turtles and The Turtle Hospital is safe, there is still a lot of damage in Marathon and throughout the Florida Keys. Re-entry is currently closed until they can clear the roadways […]
Again this year, young children across the country are becoming violently ill and being hospitalized because of Salmonella infections from contact with pet turtles, many of which are illegal. Of the 37 victims confirmed with infections, a third are younger than 5 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outbreak investigators... Continue Reading
So far, the agency has found 37 cases and 16 hospitalizations, but no deaths.
We have had some very special visitors to the hospital recently. In the beginning of January The Turtle Hospital welcomed 15 critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. They were rescued from the cold waters off Massachusetts and needed help warming up. What better place to do that than the beautiful, sunny Florida Keys! After recovering at […]
150 sea turtle biologists and veterinarians from around the world gathered in Marathon, Florida Keys last weekend to participate in the Turtle Hospital’s Annual Sea Turtle Workshop. Fellow sea turtle enthusiasts came from Florida, Texas, the Carolinas and from as far away as Italy, the West Indies, and Trinidad. The weekend kicked off with a […]
Dustin Johnson was armed with two knives and a BB gun when he entered Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health Center Friday afternoon.
Here at the Turtle Hospital we love releases! It is so exciting to be able to return these turtles to the ocean after working so hard to rehabilitate them. Recently, we had the pleasure of releasing four of our greens! Last Wednesday, the staff took Kala, Sappy, Pooh, and Topsider 1 mile offshore and released […]
Bailey, an adult Hawksbill, is the newest patient at the Turtle Hospital. Bailey was rescued by the Horizon Dive Center based in Key Largo. The divers observed Bailey swimming with little to no use from the front right flipper. The rescuers were able to locate a hook embedded in the right shoulder/armpit area on Bailey. […]
Dr. Doug Mader stopped by the hospital today to examine Kala’s healing progress since having her right front flipper amputated approximately a month ago. Rehab specialists were called in to assist with the removal of this sea turtle from her tank for examination. Dr. Mader was able to successfully remove all stitches from her amputation […]
Check out these “then and now” photos of our head-start turtles to see their growth over the past 8 months! As a part of the head-start program, Copper and Bowser will be raised at our hospital until they reach 45 centimeters in shell length. They will then be released back to the wild with a […]
These four turtles have been growing up together at the hospital. Copper, Bowser, Penny, and Nemo are weighed and measured every Sunday to track their development and to collect growth data! All four will be released in the future. From left to right: Nemo, Penny, Bowser, and Copper. Nemo is a Green while the other […]
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 […]
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 […]
Only 90 miles of ocean, teeming with marine life lies between the United States and Cuba. An ocean that does not recognize political boundaries. On July 1st, 2016 cooperative efforts of historic proportions resulted in the first satellite tagged sea turtles from a nesting beach in Cuba that can be tracked by the general public […]
The Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys is the first fully licensed veterinary hospital exclusively for sea turtles.