Location: Crescent Beach, St Johns County, Florida
“Basilisk” is one of 16 sea turtles that were brought to Gulf World Marine Institute on March 8, 2021. Basilisk was originally rescued and taken to the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab on March 4. The turtle was found by the St. Augustine Beach Sea Turtle Patrol from Crescent Beach, Florida.
Many sea turtles are washing up in Northeast Florida, more than local facilities can hold. They are “debilitated”, which means lethargic (without energy) and have various other health concerns. In these situations, when space runs out at the local rehabilitation centers, they sometimes reach out to others. That’s where GWMI steps in! By taking some of the sea turtles, GWMI helps to open up more space in the counties where they are washing ashore.
Basilisk is lethargic (slow-moving), but is doing well in shallow water. Although Basilisk has not shown any interest in food yet, staff and volunteers will continue to watch the turtle for signs of a better appetite.
Thank you to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as all of the organizations involved in the rescue, rehabilitation, and transfer of Basilisk and the other sea turtles during this active stranding event.