Yamato's Story

Yamato was rescued from Red Reef Park in Boca Raton, FL, after becoming stranded while trying to nest. She had deep lacerations on her carapace due to a boat strike and partial paralysis in her rear flippers. Radiographs showed that Yamato was gravid (carrying eggs), which can be dangerous for injured female sea turtles. Labor was induced to help her pass the eggs safely. Yamato is receiving antibiotics, fluids, and topical treatments, and will be closely monitored as the boat strike injuries heal.

Close up of a green sea turtle laying in a rehabilitation stretcher.

Species: Green Sea Turtle
Age: Adult (20-35+ years)

Location: Boca Raton, FL
Concern: Boat Strike
Status: Released

Weight: 330+ lbs

Tracking Yamato

Yamato was outfitted with a satellite transmitter prior to release. Follow along with Yamato's journey!


2019-Oct-17 Yamato's wounds have healed and has regained use of her rear flippers.   Satellite transmitter was applied prior to release. Public release held at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, Florida.
2019-Sep-30 Strength in rear flippers continues to improve.
2019-Sep-10 Moved to large therapy tank behind the scenes to exercise rear flippers. Not visible to public.
2019-Aug-10 Continue monitoring wound recovery. Apply honey daily. Continue MLS therapy.
2019-Jul-31 Discontinue antibiotic treatment. Continue MLS laser therapy.
2019-Jul-25 Radiographs confirmed eggs have all passed.
2019-Jul-23 Continued antibiotics. Veterinarian debrided wound and prescribed MLS laser daily.
2019-Jul-13 Offered lettuce. Not interested in food.
2019-Jul-11 Two spacers passed.
2019-Jul-10 Induced labor. Passed 24 eggs and 5 spacers.
2019-Jul-09 Induced labor. Passed 12 eggs. Veterinarian cleaned wounds and prescribed daily wound flush and honey application. Movement in rear flippers occurred during examination.
2019-Jul-08 Induced labor. Passed a total of 13 eggs. Spinal cord is partially severed due to boat strike wounds.
2019-Jul-07 Rescued from Red Reef Park in Boca Raton, FL. Boat strike wounds present on carapace and partial rear flipper paralysis. Antibiotics and fluids administered.