Turtle Hospital

Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital has admitted more than 560 sick and injured sea turtles since 1995. We have treated all five species found in the Gulf of Mexico, including turtles that were sickened during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Mote has one of only three hospitals in Florida with special facilities and training to care for turtles suffering from fibropapilloma tumors. Because scientists are still learning how this disease is transmitted among turtles, we must provide a separate facility just for animals with these tumors. 

We aim to help all our turtle patients return to the wild and contribute to their populations for years to come. This matters greatly: All sea turtle species are threatened or endangered.

Mote would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Anne Chauvet from Critical Vet Care. Dr. Chauvet has regularly donated her time, equipment and expertise to assist our medical care staff with MRIs and CT scans. Currently she is working with our hospital staff to train them to run the CT machine, which will further aid our programs, as we will have 24-hour access to the machine without having to rely on Critical Vet Care staff to help. Dr. Chauvet and her team have granted us this access at no cost. We are immensely thankful for their generosity.

We are also extremely grateful to the Sea Turtle Grants Program of the Sea Turtle Conservancy. They have awarded more than two dozen grants to Mote over the years, including for our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital and for our conservation and research efforts with sea turtles in the wild.  The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded by proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more at: www.helpingseaturtles.org

Patient Arrival Status


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

May 14, 2017 Current


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

May 11, 2017 Former Patient


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

May 11, 2017 Current


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

May 10, 2017 Current


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

April 19, 2017 Former Patient


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

April 18, 2017 Former Patient


Green (Chelonia mydas)

April 15, 2017 Current

Ms. Marker

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

April 14, 2017 Former Patient

Glorious Morning

Green (Chelonia mydas)

March 25, 2017 Former Patient


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

January 23, 2017 Former Patient

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