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Species: Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

Rescued: July 29, 2016

Weight upon admittance: 140 lbs

Gulf World Marine Institute responded to a stranded sub adult loggerhead sea turtle Friday, July 29th. The sea turtle, Buc, was discovered by a Panama City resident who reported that the sea turtle was floating and struggling in Johnson Bayou. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was there to assist in the rescue of the sea turtle. It is at Gulf World being treated and we are currently waiting on test results for a proper diagnosis. Buc is lethargic at this time with large amounts of parasites on its carapace. This may be a sign that the animal has been ill for some time. The turtle is receiving excellent care and we hope that it will recover successfully. We will keep you updated on its progress.


Tiny – Released from Miramar Beach on August 18th!

 post surgery
Species: Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
Rescued: June 22, 2016
Weight upon admittance: 3 lbs

“Tiny” was brought to Gulf World on June 22nd, 2016 by the South Walton Turtle Watch. The sea turtle was found offshore wrapped in kite string. The rescuers removed the kite string and brought him immediately to Gulf World for treatment. Two flippers were severely damaged with swelling due to the circulation being cut off to the limbs. Cold laser therapy was the first treatment performed, where one of the two flippers was saved. The rear right flipper was amputated because the kite string caused irreversible damage. Since Tiny is only missing one flipper, he is expected to make a full recovery.