Featured Turtles

SproutSprout_1

Species: Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
Rescued: 4/5/17
Weight upon admittance: 2.6 lbs

Sprout was rescued by South Walton Turtle Watch.  The turtle washed up on the shore during rough surf conditions.

Saint Andrews “Lil DJ”

Saintn
Species: Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
Rescued: 3/27/17
Weight upon admittance: 3 lbs

The turtle was rescued by fisherman offshore and brought to Saint Andrews State Park.  He was found wrapped in marine debris.  The debris was wrapped around three flippers and his neck.  Fortunately, only one rear was severely damaged.  Vet staff determined that the rear right flipper should be amputated because the debris caused irreversible damage.  The turtle is showing improvement after surgery.

 

 Fabio

Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Rescued: 2/28/17
Weight upon admittance: 44 lbs
St. Andrews State Park

FFabionabio was brought into GWMI after being entangled in fishing line in 2009.  Vet staff found that the mono-filament line was wrapped around his left front flipper and the turtle had ingested some of the line.  The left front flipper was severely damaged and had to be amputated.  The turtle was successfully released in the Gulf of Mexico after recovery.  In February, Fabio was found in Saint Andrews State Park.  The turtle’s carapace, or upper shell, had been damaged by a boat strike. The turtle is being treated with antibiotics and  beeswax and recovering at GWMI.

 

 

Yankee Doodle 

Species: Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)

Rescued: 12/9/16

Weight upon admittance: 6 lbs

130_2Turtle #130 was brought in with a group of turtles that were affected by a New England cold stun event.  The other turtles were released at St. George Island when they were medically cleared by veterinary staff.  Now known as Yankee Doodle, the turtle is the last of the cold stun turtles.  He is doing well and we hope that he will be released soon.

 

Morla

Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Rescued: 2/28/17
Weight upon admittance: 11 lbs

morlanMorla was named after the turtle in the movie “The Neverending Story”.  Morla was found on the beach at Shell Island.  The turtle was lethargic and its shell was covered in sea life.  Since being brought into GWMI, Morla is making progress and eating well.