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Injured and sick turtles are our patients.

  • Police rescue new turtle patient

  • Emergency fluid therapy for patient

  • Fluid therapy for turtle patient

  • Amputee turtle patient without flipper

  • Tubefeeding during turtle rehab

  • Removing parasites from patient

  • Injecting antibiotics to patient

Police and Sea Turtles 911 rescue turtles from poachers

In Asia, a vast amount of illegal harvesting of sea turtles occur and Sea Turtles 911 and local authorities rescue these turtles from poachers attempting to sell sea turtles in markets and restaurants. The rescued turtles are generally malnourished, dehydrated, suffering from severe bacterial, fungal, or viral infections, trauma from rough handling, and a host of other ailments. The sick and injured sea turtles are admitted to our sea turtle hospital and rescue centers for emergency medical care. Rehabilitation for release back into the wild requires fluids, antibiotics, antifungal medications, physical therapy, vitamins, topical ointments, and of course, lots of food. You can help provide medical and nutritional care for a rescued sea turtle by adopting your own sea turtle from China!

Yao Ming adopts sea turtle and receives certificate from Sea Turtles 911 NBA Basketball Hall of Famer Yao Ming receives Certificate of Adoption from Sea Turtles 911.
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There are four (4) levels of adoption that can help prevent these majestic animals from disappearing on our planet. Each level provides us with different amounts of financial support for the caregiving of rescued sea turtles and educational outreach efforts to save the endangered species. All levels include an official certificate to formalize the symbolic adoption of your sea turtle. Certificates have a quick-response (QR) code on the bottom right corner, which can be scanned with a smartphone to verify the authenticity of the document. See sample certificate here.

You will also get a personal webpage for the adoption, which you can share online with your family and friends. This is a great way to surprise someone on a birthday or holiday with a personalized, online gift in their honor! See sample personal webpage here.

Injured and Sick Sea Turtle Patients

Baby Name: Harry
Species: Hawksbill
Sea Turtle Patient
Rescued from poachers who thought he was close to death, Harry had been discarded as trash and was found floating amongst old buckets and garbage. His shell was covered in algae and barnacles, his skin was covered in parasites (that gave him a 'hairy' appearance), and Harry didn't even have the energy to raise his head when picked up. But after a good turtle bath and some fluids, Harry's attitude was quickly raised to reveal one spunky and sassy sea turtle! With a few flipper flaps and attempts at nipping hands, he showed us he certainly wasn't ready to give up on life yet. Now, Harry is gaining weight every day and embracing his second chance at life!
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Patient Name: Coco
Species: Green
Sea Turtle Patient
Rescued from a restaurant, cold stunned from being held in a bucket of ice water, but "warming up" to life again after the trauma. Coco was extremely emaciated and scarcely alive when admitted. She was immediately started on fluids, vitamins, antibiotics, and received daily tube feeding. Coco is doing much better these days and loves to get exercise swimming laps around the top of the rehab enclosure.
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Patient Name: Aegwynn
Species: Olive Ridley
Sea Turtle Patient
Very personable and curious, Aegwynn is one of the first turtles to greet the volunteers at the top of the water every morning. She has an endless appetite and is always ready to steal the fish from other turtle patients. Aegwynn spent a few months as a sea turtle ambassador at one of our partner resorts and loved greeting the guests who came to visit. You're never without a friend when Aegwynn is nearby.
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Patient Name: Quasimodo
Species: Hawksbill
Sea Turtle Patient
Named after the hunched back protagonist in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasimodo has a condition called Lordosis, or Swayback, which is an excessive curvature of the spine; it is thought to be caused by poor environmental conditions at a young age and malnutrition. Additionally, he is underweight, a floater, has an internal and external infection, an injury to his right front flipper, and a pea sized hole in his plastron. In spite of it all he has the spunky attitude of the runt of the group.
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Patient Name: Cinnamon
Species: Green
Sea Turtle Patient
Rescued from poachers, internal infection, and damaged beak. His damaged beak gives him a winsome expression. Despite being the runt of the bunch, he is always the first to the food.
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