On Easter night 2016, the rehab team received a phone call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about an injured sea turtle and immediately raced to the scene. This turtle, affectionately named Five-oh after the rescuers, was discovered by a local resident and rescued by the Boca Raton Police Department. The officers carefully retrieved the turtle from the intracoastal waters while using a floating boat lift as a raft to get down to the turtle from the elevated seawall. The injuries were severe. Several officers worked together to keep the turtle upright while pulling him out of the water. They were trying to keep the turtle as stabilized as possible due to the large open gash in the shell exposing internal organs. This severely injured sea turtle was quickly losing large amounts of blood so the officers applies pressure to the wounds to try and stop some of the bleeding before the Gumbo Limbo rehab rescue team arrived. At first glance, the rehab crew thought the chances of survival were minimal due to the severity of the lacerations. After admitting this turtle, the rehab team quickly realized that this turtle had too much fight to give up. With countless hours of triage, slow and steady treatments including Wound-Vac negative pressure therapy, Five-oh has made a full recovery. It has been almost one year since arrival, but this little turtle is ready to give the ocean one more shot! Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Boca Police Department and our Sea Turtle Rehab team, it is time to say goodbye to Five-oh!
On May 1, 2016, sightings of a large sea turtle near Peanut Island were reported to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Snorkelers in the area reported an adult loggerhead lingering on the nearshore reefs that appeared to be in poor condition. Efforts were undertaken by FWC officials to capture and transport the sick turtle to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for rehabilitation. Peanut, named after the island she was rescued on, arrived in critical condition and received immediate medical care. After seven months of care, Peanut was released on December 6, 2016 from Boca Raton, Florida. We're excited to see where her journey takes her!