Large Number of Sea Turtles Impacted by Cold Rehabilitated and Ready for Release

Large Number of Sea Turtles Impacted by Cold Rehabilitated and Ready for Release

Since January 3, we have had over 70 live sea turtle intakes from Pinellas and the surrounding counties due to cold weather effects. In most of the cases, these sea turtles were already compromised with viruses, boat strikes and buoyancy issues. Low water temperatures and high winds can cause already sick sea turtles to become even more lethargic, and many have been found floating causing this influx of intakes to our facility.

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Vulcan

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Vulcan

On January 10, 2017, a small juvenile green turtle was found floating along the shore of the Chassahowitzka River in Citrus County, Florida. The turtle was brought to CMA by the FWC, and the turtle was triaged. A CT scan indicated the turtle had moderate ingesta in its gastrointestinal tract, and gas

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Theodore

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Theodore

Theodore was one of the 3 loggerheads, along with Alvin and Simon. Upon admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Theodore was triaged and treated for cold-stun, given vitamins, antibiotic injections, hydration fluids, and cold laser therapy to treat a healing wound to the top of the head.

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Simon

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Simon

Upon admission to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Simon was triaged and treated for cold-stun, given vitamins, antibiotic injections, and hydration fluids. Although we can’t prevent cold stunning from occurring, we can keep our eyes out on the shorelines during cold weather for any turtles acting lethargically.

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Alvin

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Alvin

In early December 2016, a mass cold stun event occurred off the coast of Massachusetts, and many loggerhead and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were rescued by the New England Aquarium. Clearwater Marine Aquarium offered to help New England Aquarium care for the turtles if they ran out of space. So, 3 loggerhead turtles were flown down to Florida via private jet. Alvin was one of the 3 loggerheads.

Hawksbill Sea Turtle Release – BB

Hawksbill Sea Turtle Release – BB

BB Juvenile, Hawksbill(Eretmochelys imbricata) RELEASED: December 21, 2016 Cold Stun Sea Turtle Survivor BB is a juvenile hawksbill sea turtle that came to Clearwater Marine Aquarium on February 12, 2016. She was part of our cold stun event and at that time we had so...
Double Sea Turtle Release – Incendio and EE

Double Sea Turtle Release – Incendio and EE

INCENDIO AND EEJuvenile, Green sea turtles(Chelonia mydas)RELEASED: August 17, 2016INCENDIOIncendio is a green sea turtle, who was found on April 25, 2016, in Crystal River. Incendio was discovered in a residential area with fibropapilloma tumors present and mild...
Double Sea Turtle Release – Jinx and Acura

Double Sea Turtle Release – Jinx and Acura

JINX AND ACURAJuvenile, Green sea turtles(Chelonia mydas)RELEASED: May 23, 2016JINXJinx, a juvenile green sea turtle, was rescued from Three Rooker Island and brought to CMA on April 28, 2016. He is one of the very few Green Sea Turtles that we receive that does not...