Featured Turtles


sherlock webSpecies: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)

Rescued: 4/6/17

Weight upon admittance: 1 pound

Sherlock is a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle that was found across the street from Gulf World by a member of the public. The animal was washed back into shore due to rough surf. The sea turtle was immediately brought to Gulf World Marine Institute for treatment due to lethargic behavior. The animal likely stranded due to rough surf conditions. He was covered in barnacles. Sherlock is now eating, gaining weight and swimming normally. This sea turtle will be released back into the Gulf of Mexico after being medically cleared.

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Species: Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
Rescued: 5/9/2017

Harley is a Kemps ridley sea turtle that was hooked by a fisherman under the Hathaway bridge on Saturday, May 9th. The fisherman called Gulf World Marine Institute after accidentally catching the animal and GWMI responded and brought the animal to rehab. Radiographs showed that the animal had also previously ingested an additional hook which was lodged in his esophagus. The hooks have been removed and the animal is currently healing and has been placed on antibiotics. Harley also has several surface fractures to the carapace that were not the reason for its stranding but are also being monitored. The sea turtle will be released back into the Gulf of Mexico after being medically cleared.

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

Sprout_1Sprout was rescued by South Walton Turtle Watch.  The turtle washed up on the shore during rough surf conditions.

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 Adopted Sponsors: Megan Flannagin


Saint Andrews “Lil DJ”

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

The tuSaintnrtle 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.

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fabio bright webSpecies: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Rescued: 2/28/17

Weight upon admittance: 44 lbs

St. Andrews State Park

Fabio was brought into GWMI after being entangled in fishing line in 2009.  Vet staff found the mono-filament line wrapped around his left front flipper and some had been ingested.  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 of 2017, 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.

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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.

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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.

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