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

A special thank you to Macy's for their financial support of the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital over the past several years.

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Patient Arrival Status

Pilgrim

Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

November 25, 2016 Current

Buddy2

Green (Chelonia mydas)

November 21, 2016 Current

Sea Salt

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

October 30, 2016 Current

Pancake

Green (Chelonia mydas)

September 13, 2016 Former Patient

Chicken Noodle

Green (Chelonia mydas)

August 2, 2016 Former Patient

Kiwii

Green (Chelonia mydas)

July 7, 2016 Former Patient

Avalon

Green (Chelonia mydas)

June 11, 2016 Current

Finn

Green (Chelonia mydas)

June 4, 2016 Former Patient

Tucker B.

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

May 22, 2016 Former Patient

Penelope AKA Penny

Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

April 24, 2016 Former Patient

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