Turtle Hospital

Mote has treated more than 400 sick and injured sea turtles since we opened our hospital full time in 1995—including turtles that were sickened during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010. We're also one of only three hospitals in Florida that have the special facilities and training to care for turtles suffering from tumors called fibropapillomas. Because no one knows how the disease is transmitted among turtles, we must have a separate facility just to care from animals afflicted with these tumors. 

All sea turtles worldwide are listed as threatened or endangered—that means every animal we return to the wild helps to maintain a population that is on the brink.

Mote would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Anne Chauvet from Critical Vet Care. Dr. Chauvet has been regularly donating her time, equipment and expertise to assist our medical care staff with MRI's and CT's. 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. All of this access is coming to us at no cost to our programs. We are so thankful for this amazing asset and for the generosity of Dr. Chauvet.

Patient Arrival Status


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

August 16, 2015 Current


Green (Chelonia mydas)

July 23, 2015 Current


Green (Chelonia mydas)

July 2, 2015 Current


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

June 28, 2015 Former Patient


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

June 27, 2015 Current

Squirt 2

Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

April 30, 2015 Current


Green (Chelonia mydas)

April 10, 2015 Former Patient


Green (Chelonia mydas)

April 4, 2015 Former Patient


Green (Chelonia mydas)

March 19, 2015 Current


Green (Chelonia mydas)

March 7, 2015 Former Patient

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