Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Pebbles

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Pebbles

Pebbles Juvenile, Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) Patient Status: Released on April 4, 2019. Date Found: March 23, 2019. Location: Offshore of Cedar Key; Levy County. Reason for Rescue: Caught by a fisherman and ingested the hook. Triage WEIGHT: 2.39 kg...
Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Juliana

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Juliana

On March 3, 2018, an FWC officer responded to a call concerning a juvenile Kemp’s ridley with about a foot of fishing line hanging from its mouth. The sea turtle was brought to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the vet team took radiographs to determine if there was a hook at the other end of the fishing line.

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Havarti

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Havarti

On February 17, 2018, a juvenile green sea turtle was caught at Skyway Bridge Fishing Pier and brought to Clearwater Marine Aquarium as a hook ingestion case. Upon arrival, our vet team took radiographs to get a better idea of how big the hook was and exactly where in the esophagus it was located.

Fishing Gear Tips to Protect Sea Turtles

Fishing Gear Tips to Protect Sea Turtles

Practicing the use of safer fishing hooks and proper disposal of fishing gear are a few ways you can help make a big difference! Fishing can be a great way to spend a summer day; however, it’s important to remove all debris and waste left over from any fishing trip to...
Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Oat Bran

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Oat Bran

On the evening of May 6, 2017, a fisherman accidentally caught a small, juvenile Kemp’s ridley (named Oat Bran) at Pier 60. He had been using squid as bait which attracted Oat Bran to bite and swallow the hook.

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Gryffindor

Sea Turtle Hospital Patient – Gryffindor

Gryffindor is a juvenile green sea turtle that was accidentally hooked by a fisherman at John’s Pass, FL on March 16th, 2016. Gryffindor was found to have numerous small to medium external fibropapilloma tumors.