Marra Marra's Story


Marra Marra is a young juvenile green sea turtle that was rescued here in Boca Raton after they were spotted floating in the intracoastal waterway. Radiograph images at the rehabilitation center revealed a build-up of gas in Marra Marra’s gastrointestinal tract, likely the cause of their floating at the water surface. Excess gas in a sea turtle’s GI may be caused by decreased intestinal motility, dehydration, infection, or bowel obstruction. Marra Marra will received treatment until their floating resolved, and was released back into the wild on December 9th! We want to thank Boca Raton Police Department’s Marine Unit for helping us in our rescue! 

Patient Information
Intake Photo


Name: Marra Marra
Species: Green (Cm)
Age class: Juvenile
Admission date: 11/3/2022
Ailment: Floating, Gas
Weight: 9.65 kg


11/3/22: Admitted for rehabilitation. Radiographs show gas build-up in the GI tract. Begin supportive care regiment and fluid therapy.

11/5/22: Offer food and Gas-X. Continuing to monitor floating in shallow water.

11/14/22: Floating has resolved and patient is resting flat on the tank bottom. 

11/20/22: Weight increased, no longer floating and patient approved for future release.

12/9/22: Tagged and released!