sea turtle specialist examing a small green sea turtle

The Boca Raton Sea Turtle Program responds to reports of dead or injured sea turtles in southern Palm Beach County.  Data such as species, size, and condition of turtle, are recorded on a standardized data sheet that is submitted to the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network, which in Florida, is coordinated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Sea turtles spend the majority of their lives at sea, which make them rather difficult to study.  Collecting data on these stranding sea turtles, even those that have died, is a valuable tool to gain information on these protected species.

If you find a dead, sick, or injured sea turtle, please call FWC's 24-hour Wildlife Alert Number at 1-888-404-3922.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the exact location of the animal?
  2. Is the turtle alive or dead?
  3. What is the approximate size of the turtle?
  4. Is the turtle marked with spray paint?
  5. What is the location of the closest access point to the turtle?