Last Sunday was a big day here at the Turtle Hospital. Not only was one of our former patients Senor Fab getting released, but we were also fortunate enough to have a film crew from the BBC America channel filming for their … Continue reading ?
This week has been an extremely busy one for us here at the hospital. We received rescues everyday for four days in a row! The first rescue was of a loggerhead named ‘Taco’ on May 5th. Taco’s story is in … Continue reading ?
The Turtle Hospital received two new Green sea turtles in the evening of April 25, 2013 after being transferred from Volusia Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, FL. At capacity there, these two juveniles were given a lift down to … Continue reading ?
Four green sea turtles were transferred to the Turtle Hospital from SeaWorld Orlando on Wednesday. Because these turtles did not have names upon arrival our staff was lucky enough to pick their own names for them. Three of the four turtles had … Continue reading ?
Just when one Loggerhead gets healthy enough for release, another comes in sick! Turtle Hospital staff was thrilled to release a subadult Loggerhead named ‘Grace’ on April 6th. Grace came to us back in mid-January, found floating in a backyard … Continue reading ?
The Turtle Hospital has been busy the past few days! With people from around the world enjoying spring break, we have had record amounts of visitors along with two new turtle patients. The first new patient was transferred down to … Continue reading ?
Turtle Hospital staff is getting ready for our next release! Today, a pre-release exam was completed in preparation for the release of a subadult Loggerhead sea turtle named Grace. The exam included weights, measurements, photographs, and tagging. Flipper tags were … Continue reading ?
Turtle Hospital received patient number 30 yesterday afternoon! This little one was spotted by turtle rescuer Melinda Smith in Key Largo. After seeing this turtle a few times at the surface, she knew something was wrong and called for help. Melinda … Continue reading ?
In addition to the 18 turtles currently undergoing rehabilitation, The Turtle Hospital houses 11 “permanent resident” turtles that have been deemed non-releasable. For several different reasons, these turtles have a permanent injuries proving too severe for survival in the wild. … Continue reading ?
On December 10, 2012, The Turtle Hospital received a new patient found by Biscayne National Park Rangers Katie and Christina. Along with fibropappiloma tumors, this juvenile Green sea turtle was also entangled in monofilament. Thanks to the park rangers, ‘Dash’ … Continue reading ?
Veterinarians and sea turtle professionals from around the globe attended the 20th annual Florida Keys Sea Turtle Workshop hosted by The Turtle Hospital. For a group of sea turtles living at Bugaloo’s in Five Cays, Turks and Caicos Islands that … Continue reading ?
Last Wednesday was an extremely busy day here at the hospital. In the morning, as we had three turtles undergoing surgery for FP tumor removal, we received a call about a floating turtle by mile marker 10 at Geiger Key … Continue reading ?
Fitzy under anaesthesia for laser surgery. Last Wednesday, March 6, three juvenile green sea turtles went under surgery here at The Turtle Hospital. Fitzy, Shiny, and Dash were all lined up and ready to go by 9 am when Dr. … Continue reading ?
On Ferbruary 14, Valentine’s Day, The Turtle Hospital received a call about a turtle swimming in circles. Two neighbors in Marathon, Gerry DuBois and Margie Smitch, collaborated as a team to figure out how to help this turtle in distress, … Continue reading ?
Sunday, February 24th was a beautiful day to be out on the water in the Florida Keys, and for The Turtle Hospital that means lots of calls about sea turtles that may need help. The last call of the day was … Continue reading ?
There is never a dull day here at The Turtle Hospital. The turtles make our days exciting enough but add some filming for TV shows and our adrenaline gets pumping. On Friday, 1/18/13, The Weather Channel was here filming an … Continue reading ?
Javier, Jasmin, Jenny, and Olvidio regularly fish in the Florida Keys, but they’ve never had a day quite like yesterday! At around 5 p.m. Turtle Hospital rehabber Matt Brochhausen received a call from Jenny calling about a large turtle that Javier … Continue reading ?
After just about 5 months of rehab at The Turtle Hospital, Stella a 200lb adult female Green sea turtle, was released back to the wild! Suffering from a lung infection which forced her to float, Stella was unable to submerge herself … Continue reading ?
On Sunday, January 6, 2013, Elisabeth Miska of The Turtle Hospital received a call about a floating and lethargic turtle. Key West natives, Josh and Bonnie Rowan, had the day off and decided to spend it boating around Mule Key … Continue reading ?
Stella, an adult female Green, came to The Turtle Hospital back in August, and until recently had been stuck floating at the surface of her hospital tank. Upon arrival, a bronchioscope revealed a constricted bronchus tube leading to an infected … Continue reading ?