Meet Buckwheat, Mikey, Beaker, Barney, Alfalfa, Newman, Goober and Barnacle Bill…they’re just a few of the sea turtles being treated at the
Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys “We’ve been rescuing rehabilitating and releasing sea turtles for almost 30 years.” Their goal—to make sure one of the oldest surviving animal species on earth does not go extinct on their watch. “The biggest threat is human impact and that varies is from pollution, to trash in our water, fishing line entanglement, boat strikes, that’s what we see a lot of.” Barnacle bill, a 170 pound logger head sea turtle, was found floating Veterinarians at the hospital cleared plastic from his intestine and used a brochioscope to look inside his lungs. They found one lung smaller than the other. They don’t know what caused it, but they do know he wouldn’t survive in the wild. They’ll add weights on his back, like these turtles, to help him stay underwater. Another major problem for turtles… a virus attacking the species. This is Osborne, Osborne is an endangered green sea turtle, and as you can see he is covered with fibro papilloma tumors. This is a virus that affects over 50-percent of the green sea turtle population. Veterinarian ophthalmologists will use a laser scalpel to remove the tumors from his eye and hopefully save his sight. Yeah a lot a
critical care a lot of state-of-the-art medical we’re doing blood transfusions, we give the turtles IV nutrition, in the very critical cases and we do physical therapy, we do class 4 or coal laser therapy on our turtles
as well. Things you might not think of with a sea turtle. With three ambulances, a team of biologists, zoologists, veterinarians and staff ready to rescue. The Turtle Hospital treats up to 200
turtles a year and have released 1500 back into the
wild. To take an animal that otherwise would not have survived to help mitigate for the human impact that’s happening out there in our environment, fix a turtle up and put him back out into the wild, there’s just nothing like it. It’s Awesome!