Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program

For the past two decades, our turtle conservation team has rescued sick and injured sea turtles throughout southern Palm Beach County. However, until recently, our facility offered no place for on-site care and treatment of these animals. On January 1, 2010, Gumbo Limbo opened a new Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility. Shortly after its debut, our rehabilitation facility was put to the test. A cold snap hit Florida in early 2010, stranding nearly 5000 endangered green sea turtles. Gumbo Limbo treated and released more than 177 of those turtles. 35 of those turtles also had surgery to remove noncancerous tumors from their eyes and flippers. These tumors are caused by a disease called fibropapilloma.