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Mote Marine Laboratory - Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital

A project of Mote Marine Laboratory in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Allison Kemp's RidleySubadult2012-12-062013-04-05120
Bruno LoggerheadAdult2006-11-102007-09-12306
Chilly Willy Green TurtleJuvenile2006-08-122007-02-01173
Joey II LoggerheadAdult2006-11-102007-04-14155
Johnny Kemp's RidleySubadult2011-12-272012-05-10135
King LoggerheadAdult2007-03-292008-10-18569
Murph LoggerheadAdult2013-10-072013-12-0660
Squeaky Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2012-12-062013-02-1369
Tuck Green TurtleJuvenile2008-02-152008-03-2337
Vicki Lee LoggerheadAdult2009-09-252010-02-13141
Zach LoggerheadAdult2006-11-172007-05-04168

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Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital provides state-of-the-art critical care and chronic care for stranded sea turtles. The hospital's mission is to rescue animals that strand alive, rehabilitate the animals that can be saved, return animals to the wild, and necropsy the dead animals to learn how to help the live ones. Staff seeks to learn information that will expand our knowledge of the basic biology, the veterinary care and the disease processes of sea turtles. With the animals that are released back into the wild, we make every effort to do follow-up monitoring, which tells us how successful the rehabilitation was and adds to the basic understanding of the short- and long-term movements of these animals.

After release, the turtle movements are followed by Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program.

Mote expanded the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital to double its capacity and allow Mote to provide care to twice the number of sea turtle patients at any given time. The increased capacity is especially important with so many sea turtles being affected by red tide and human interactions over the past few years. The hospital has treated 294 patients of five sea turtle species since opening in 1995.


Donations to Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital can be sent through the Development Office at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. Please mark the donation “Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital.” Call (941) 388-4441, ext. 373 for more information.

For more information on Mote’s sea turtle rehabilitation, conservation or research programs visit

Project Partners

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital

For more information about the case synopsis for each turtle, please visit the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital.

There have been no signals from Marco since the release which we believe is due to transmitter problems, and NOT a problem with Marco. Marco is a small turtle and his transmitter may have trouble clearing the surface. Water is now cooler so it may also relate to the turtle spending less time at the surface, and hence little opportunity for the radio messages to be sent. If Marco sends more signals, he will be added to the maps. Stay tuned.

Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program


Project Sponsors

Johnny's tag was provided by NOAA NMFS-SEFSC.

Tuck's tag was sponsored by donations in memory of Chuck Shumard.

Marco's tag was sponsored by Whalenet.

Willy's tag was sponsored by Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.

King's tag was sponsored by Penelope Kingman in memory of Barry Kingman.

Joey's tag was sponsored by in Bradenton.

Bruno and Carol Falkenstein added funding for Bruno's tag.

Murph's tag was funded by the following individuals and foundations:

The Sarah Roberts Foundation

Stephen and Tabitha King

The Wooster School

Barbara Brizdle

Ann Anderson

West Coast Inland Navigation District

Thank you to West Marine in Sarasota for supplying anti-fouling paint.

Wildlife Computers expedited building several transmitters to supply in time for release.



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