Featured Turtles

NEW – Drax

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Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Rescued: June 5th, 2018
Weight upon admittance: 76 lbs

“Drax” was brought to Gulf World Marine Institute on June 6, 2018 by a representative of FWC from Saint George Island.Reported as having signs of “debilitation”, the animal had a few barnacles, was thin, and had buoyancy control problems. However, after upgrading to a deeper water habitat, Drax can be seen swimming around his/her habitat despite the buoyancy control problems. Drax also has a very voracious appetite, and a diet that is continually increasing.

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NEW – Taserface

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Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Rescued: June 14th, 2018
Weight upon admittance: 75 lbs

Demonstrating the partnership that Gulf World Marine Institute has with the local fishing piers, “Taserface” was reported to the facility from the M.B. Miller County Pier on June 14, 2018. When staff members responded to the location, they observed that there seemed to be more than just a hooking incident with this patient. After the minor gear was removed, the debilitated state of the turtle was assessed. Taserface’s skin and carapace were covered in expansive epibiota, and the animal’s rear flippers were shortened due to previous damage. Veterinary staff also treated two compression fractures on his/her skull; the source of these fractures is unknown. However, despite coming to the facility in a deteriorated state, Taserface quickly showed a resilient attitude, and he/she now has an active appetite, swims in full control throughout the habitat, and has a particularly alert personality.

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Updated – Kermit

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Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Rescued: May 9th, 2018
Weight upon admittance: 83 lbs

“Kermit” was brought to Gulf World Marine Institute on May 9, 2018 from St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. This loggerhead sea turtle was found by a fisherman with a severe entanglement around both front flippers. The entanglement consisted largely of discarded fishing line. After arriving at GWMI, the veterinary team confirmed that the damage to the left front flipper was extensive, and sutures were used to attempt to establish some stability with the limb. However, after allowing the sutures some time to begin mending the injury, the decision was made to safely amputate the flipper in order to prevent any further damage. Kermit took some time to regain his/her diet after the surgery, and has developed a particular liking for squid. Kermit was named for the croak-like sound made when he/she grinds the top and bottom halves of the beak together. Even despite missing one flipper, Kermit has regained his ability to traverse his/her habitat well.

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Sponsors: Lorrin Scoville, Brandi Smith, Chasity Ross, Spencer Kolman, Gigi Carroll, Jerry and Laura Robert, Chloe and Talon Elrod, Melinda Lewis, Gina Logel

Gamora

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Rescued: May 19, 2018
Weight upon admittance: 107 lbs

“Gamora” was brought to Gulf World Marine Institute on May 19, 2018 from Walton County, Florida. This loggerhead sea turtle was found by beachgoers to be struggling to dive in the shallow surf. After arriving at GWMI, the veterinary team confirmed that Gamora has buoyancy control difficulties, apparently due to some impaction of the gastrointestinal tract. Gamora can be seen swimming around his/her habitat despite the buoyancy control dilemma. Gamora continues to be monitored daily in hopes that she will regain control of her buoyancy.

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Sponsors: Kristi Paxton, Jess and Kim Ash, Jaime Hurley