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.
A 9-year-old Weimaraner is lucky to be alive after a life-threatening encounter with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toy. Bobo the dog was taken to a hospital in Grimsby, UK, earlier this week after coming down with a mystery ailment that...Show More Summary
Tucker the turtle can’t swim underwater because he has an abnormal build-up of bubbles in his body. To treat his “buoyancy problem,” researchers at Seattle’s Virginia Mason hospital put him in a hyperbaric chamber, making him the first nonhuman patient to receive such treatment. Read more...
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A nearly 500 pound leatherback sea turtle was admitted for treatment at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital after washing ashore
A guide to what we’re barely putting up with this week. Cinemax’s equal parts gross and engrossing 1900s hospital drama, The Knick. It’s kind of like House, if Dr. House was a steampunk cokehead. Step Up: All In. With confetti bursts,...Show More Summary
A turtle at the Nanchang Ocean Park was fortunately saved yesterday by medical staff from Jiangxi's Nanchang No.2 Hospital after it swallowed the plastic cap of a mineral water bottle which had been thrown into its enclave, according to China News. [ more › ]
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