Sea Turtle Hospital News

New Date Nov. 19 - Whitney Sip 'N Science Free Webinar - Catherine Eastman | Sea Turtle Care Spotlight

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Due to Eta storm bands/conditions we are receiving a lot of turtles and have to postpone tonight's talk to November 19 at 6 p.m. We hope to see you then! Catherine Eastman will be sharing our recent sea turtle stories and their care, and latest news from the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory. We will have an interactive Q & A after the update to discuss sea turtles and your questions about them. Come prepared with your sea turtle questions! Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Outfits First Turtle with Satellite Tracking

Sea Turtle Hospital patient Richard with Satellite Tracking

Sea Turtle Hospital at UF Whitney Laboratory staff released a very special sea turtle November 4, 2020 at 12:56 p.m. “Richard Dawkins,” a mid-sized juvenile green sea turtle, the Hospital’s 36th patient of 2020, was outfitted with a satellite transmitter and released from the beach on the border of St Johns and Flagler counties. This is the first satellite tagged patient rehabbed from the Sea Turtle Hospital. Read More


Taste of the Fun Coast Event Benefits the Sea Turtle Hospital

Group holding a check at the Taste of the Fun Coast event

Thank you to Flagler Radio Beach 92.7 FM, Hammock Beach Resort and Coastal Cloud for benefiting the conservation of sea turtles and our Sea Turtle Hospital! Read More


Adopt a Washback Until Oct. 31 & Thanks!

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Thank you to all who have joined us to support hundreds of washback sea turtles cared for by the Sea Turtle Hospital staff each year by Adopting a Washback, each symbolically named! Adoptions available until Oct.31. Read More


Adopt a Washback!

Washback turtle

TODAY is the day! It is your chance to virtually ADOPT A WASHBACK sea turtle to support the care of turtles! Click below to name a cute warrior washback - but pick your name and hurry, our campaign ends 10/31! Read More


Driving for Turtles - New Sea Turtle Stranding and Transport Van

 Sea Turtle Hospital Van

We are so excited for the funding awarded from the Sea Turtle Grants Program this year to purchase our spiffy new Sea Turtle Stranding and Transport Van. The van helps us with turtle transport, triage, and standings. We are very grateful for this year's grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program. Read More


News4Jax Story on Plastics Found in Post Hatchling Sea Turtles

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Sea Turtle Hospital Program Manager Cat Eastman talks with News4Jax about discovering potentially harmful quantities of plastic in post hatchling turtles. Read More


Plastic Ingestion in Post-hatchling Sea Turtles: Assessing a Major Threat in Florida Nearshore Waters

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Congratulations to Sea Turtle Hospital and Whitney Laboratory faculty and staff who recently published a paper in Frontiers in Marine Science on plastic ingestion by post-hatchlings. This research was also featured in an article in The Conversation. Read More


Sea Turtle Eugenie Clark Released Aug. 20

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Sea Turtle Eugenie Clark was released August 20 on Facebook Live. Eugenie Clark is our first release of 2020 and her name is from our 5th year naming theme where we name turtles after marine scientists or scientists that specialized in marine organisms as part of their life's work. Read More


UF News Story: Closed but still Caring

Whitney Laboratory Staff

Our essential staff keep us going in tough times! How the people of UF's Whitney Laboratory protected their animals — and each other — during COVID-19. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Awarded Grant from Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program to Support New Sea Turtle Transport Vehicle

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The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that it received a grant for $28,987.14 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory received the grant to support a new sea turtle transport vehicle. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Celebrates World Sea Turtle Week

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We are so grateful for all the support you've given us and we hope you enjoy the next week starting with World Oceans Day on Monday and ending on World Sea Turtle Day next Tuesday. Join in on all the fun as we participate in daily themes on Facebook and Instagram to help raise awareness on the many challenges sea turtles face in the ocean today including a Sea Turtle Hospital Scavenger Hunt - details below! Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Receives Ultrasound Machine

Turtle receiving an ultrasound at the Sea Turtle Hospital

Thank you to Dr. Liz Watson, DVM MS DACVR of Veterinary Imaging in Flagler Beach who recently donated an ultrasound machine to the Sea Turtle Hospital, that the Sea Turtle staff named Eve. Read More


When is a lab animal not a lab animal?

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Congratulations to Dr. David Duffy and Dr. Brooke Burkhalter who recently published a paper about rehabilitation of tumor-afflicted sea turtles, and their utilization as a natural model for human and wildlife cancers in Springer Nature titled "When is a lab animal not a lab animal?" Read More


The Sea Turtle Hospital is Beaver Toyota's WOW PARTNER of the Month

Beaver Toyota and Sea Turtle Hospital staff receiving check

Congratulations to the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory who was Beaver Toyota's WOW Partner of the Month for February! Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Manager Devon Ramia Featured in Unity College's Alumni Stories

Devon Rollinson

Congratulations to Sea Turtle Hospital Manager Devon Ramia who was recently featured in Unity College’s Alumni Stories. Read More


Whitney Laboratory in Tallahassee for Florida Oceans Day

Whitney Laboratory Booth at Oceans Day

The Whitney Laboratory and Sea Turtle Hospital joined other organizations and partners in the Capitol Rotunda in Tallahassee for Florida Oceans Day on February 25, 2020. Read More


Sea Turtles Mars Released Jan. 24 at River to Sea Preserve

 Mars Release

Sea Turtles Mars was released January 24 at River to Sea Preserve in the town of Marineland. Read More


Sea Turtles Autumn and Dumbo Released Oct. 16 at River to Sea Preserve

Sea Turtle Release

Sea Turtles Autumn and Dumbo were released October 16 at River to Sea Preserve. Autumn came to us on the first day of fall after stranding in Huguenot Memorial Park. Dumbo came to us on Sunday, September 29th after a fisherman caught him on hook and line. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Research Published in Testudo

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Congratulations to the Sea Turtle Hospital team, Veterinarian Brooke Burkhalter, Dr. Mark Martindale and Dr. David Duffy on their recent paper "Behaviour of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) before and after fibropapillomatosis tumour removal" in Testudo. Read More


Sea Turtle Mantis Released July 16 at Wilbur-by-the-Sea in Volusia County

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Sea Turtle Mantis was released Tuesday July 16 at Wilbur-by-the-Sea in Volusia County. Mantis was recovered on the beach of Ponce Inlet and came to us with a very interesting story. Read More


Dr. Brooke Burkhalter Authors Chapter in Book Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine

Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Brooke Burkhalter, Sea Turtle Hospital Veterinarian, and colleagues recently published the book, Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Burkhalter and Dr. Terry Norton authored the chapter "Laser Surgery in Aquatic Animals (Sea Turtles)" in Part IV Laser Surgery in Exotics Species. Read More


Sea Turtle Kadarius Released June 27 at Gamble Rodgers State Park

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Kadarius was released back home to the Atlantic Ocean on June 27th at Gamble Rogers State Park. Kadarius was recovered by a fisherman who found him floating in Ponce Inlet on January 24th, 2018. Read More


Sea Turtle Discovery Day on June 15

The Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital along with Sea Turtle Conservancy will hold Sea Turtle Discovery Day at the Whitney Laboratory on Saturday, June 15. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Awarded Grant from Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program to Support Onsite X-Ray Equipment

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The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that it received a grant starting in May for $16,695 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. Read More


Sea Turtle Holly Released April 18 at Ponce Inlet

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Holly stranded in Ponce Inlet in Volusia County during the holiday season, which led this sea turtle to be named Holly. Upon arrival to the Sea Turtle Hospital, Holly was a cold stun and suffering from a mild case of fibropapillomatosis. Read More


Sea Turtle Hartley Released April 3 in the Indian River Lagoon

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Hartley was found floating in the Indian River Lagoon, unable to completely dive due to buoyancy issues. Upon arrival, this sea turtle had a severe case of FP tumors on both eyes, both front flippers, neck, shell and had a thin body condition. Read More


Welcome to Whitney Lab, Ashley!

Ashley Taylor

Please welcome Ashley Taylor to Whitney Laboratory as the Sea Turtle Hospital's Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Read More


Briana Schaffner joins the Sea Turtle Hospital

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Please welcome Briana Schaffner to Whitney Laboratory as the Sea Turtle Hospital's Animal Care Technician. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital on Action News Jax

Sea Turtle with Barnacles

The UF Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital discusses sea turtle strandings and what you can do on Action News Jax. Read More


Recent Publication in Communications Biology Shares Sea Turtle Research by Dr. David Duffy and Dr. Mark Martindale

Congratulations to Dr. David Duffy, courtesy faculty at Whitney Lab, and Dr. Mark Martindale, director and professor of biology at Whitney Lab, for their recent publication in Communications Biology titled “Perspectives on the expansion of human precision oncology and genomic approaches to sea turtle fibropapillomatosis.” Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Staff and Researchers Present at Florida Keys Sea Turtle Workshop

This year staff and researchers of the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab were proud to present at the Florida Keys Sea Turtle Workshop held the first weekend in December. Read More


Welcome Home to Seafoam and Gene Johnson

Seafoam and Gene Johnson, patients of the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory, were released back home to the Atlantic Ocean on August 14, 2018. Read More


The Sea Turtle at Whitney Laboratory Featured in UF at Work

The work by the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory team was featured in an article by UF at Work. The article is titled “The Whitney Lab Sea Turtle Hospital: Helping some of Florida’s endangered residents heal and head back home.” Read More


Article Written by Graduate Student Jessica Farrell Receives National Press

An article written by Jessica Farrell, graduate student here at Whitney Lab, was written for The Conversation and picked up by Smithsonian.com. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Supporter and Volunteer Nancy Condron Featured in UF Advancement Story

The article titled “Spirit of the Deep Blue Sea” by University of Florida Advancement shares the story of Nancy Condron, a Florida Gator, and her continued support of Whitney Laboratory and the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory Awarded Grant from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program

Sea Turtle License Plate

The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that it received a grant starting in May for $20,581 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. Read More


Evenings at Whitney on June 14: Emerging Research and Conservation of Sea Turtles - in Honor of World Sea Turtle Day

The spring Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series hosted by the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory concluded on June 14, 2018, at 7 p.m. with the program titled “Emerging Research and Conservation of Sea Turtles - in Honor of World Sea Turtle Day.” With a nod to World Sea Turtle Day on the Saturday following the lecture, a panel of experts on sea turtle research and conservation provided an interactive lecture. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Research in the Media

Cutting-edge research by Dr. David Duffy, courtesy faculty at Whitney Laboratory and former postdoc in the Martindale Lab, and the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory team has been covered by multiple publications, including UF News and Science. Read More


Jessica Farrell Receives Friends of Gumbo Limbo Gordon Gilbert Graduate Research Grant

Jessica Farrell

Congratulations to Jessica Farrell, graduate student in the Martindale Lab, for receiving a Friends of Gumbo Limbo Gordon Gilbert Graduate Research Grant. Read More


Welcome Home, Tater Tot!

We are pleased to announce that Tater Tot was released on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 12 p.m. at the River to Sea Preserve public beach. Read More


Registration Open for Sea Turtle Summer Camp

Spots are still available for the 2018 Sea Turtle Summer Camp. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital Featured in Pelican Post

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The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab was featured in the Pelican Post‘s Fall 2017 issue. The article shared information about the hospital’s focus on rehabilitation, research and education. The article also talked about the achievements of the hospital in 2017. Read More


Sea Turtles Mean Joe Green and Tamatoa Released on July 13

Sea Turtle Hospital volunteers holding two turtles

Mean Joe Green and Tamatoa were released on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the north end of Crescent Beach. Mean Joe Green stranded on Crescent Beach on Feb. 6, 2016. Joe was cold stunned and suffering from fibropapillomatosis (FP). Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory Awarded Its First Research Grant from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program

Sea Turtle License Plate

The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce today, on World Sea Turtle Day, that it received a grant starting in May for $18,348 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. Read More


Barnett the Sea Turtle Released in Salt Run on June 7

Turtle being released with group of people

We are pleased to announce that the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab released Barnett in Salt Run on June 7, 2017, in Anastasia State Park. A dedicated crowd of sea turtle enthusiasts attended the rainy release to wish Barnett well as he/she went back home. Read More


Periwinkle Released on World Turtle Day

Woman holding turtle

We are pleased to announce that Periwinkle (or Peri as we affectionately know him) was released on May 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the River to Sea Preserve public beach (known as Marineland beach) on World Turtle Day. Read More


Video: The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab’s Work & Research

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Take a look at this video featuring Whitney Laboratory’s David Duffy, postdoctoral researcher, and Mark Martindale, director, that shares about the Sea Turtle Hospital’s work and research on the fibropapilloma virus found in sea turtles. Read More


Paterson Islanders Research Project Supports the Sea Turtle Hospital

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Thank you to the Paterson Islanders, a First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Team, from Paterson Elementary School in Fleming Island, Florida for their support of the Sea Turtle Hospital. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital One-Year Anniversary Open House Will Feature Family Friendly Activities

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The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab is pleased to announce that it will host its One-Year Anniversary Open House on Dec. 11, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Whitney Lab campus, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd. Read More


Thank You for Attending the Sea Turtle Hospital One-Year Anniversary!

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab One-Year Anniversary Open House! We appreciate everyone helping us celebrate this important milestone. More than 350 people attended the open house. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital Awarded Grant from Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program to Help Education Efforts

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In April, University of Florida Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital received a grant for $15,000 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is financed by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. Read More


Nat Geo Wild Features Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab Release

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On Sept. 21, 2016, the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab released Sebod, and Nat Geo Wild was there to film the release. Filipe Deandrade was on assignment and shared the release through a live video on the Nat Geo Wild Facebook page. Read More


Apollo Squidlips and Major Released by Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab on Sept. 7

People holding turtles

We are pleased to announce that the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab released Apollo Squidlips and Major on Sept. 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. near the Apollo Visitor Center at 7611 South Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab Now Offers Tours to the Public

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The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab is pleased to announce that it is now offering tours on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. Tours are $10 per person, and reservations are required. There is a limit of 10 people per tour. Read More


Banana Released on Aug. 24th by Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab

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The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab is pleased to announce that it released its seventh sea turtle, Banana, on Aug. 24, 2016, at Kelly Park East, 2550 N. Banana River Drive in Merritt Island. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab Releases Mudpie on July 13, 2016

Person holding turtle

The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that it released Mudpie, a green juvenile sea turtle, on July 13, 2016, in Salt Run at Lighthouse Park in St. Augustine. Read More


Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab Releases Cisco Kid, First Patient Treated for Fibropapilloma

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On Monday, June 20, 2016, at the River to Sea Preserve beach, the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab released Cisco Kid. This was the hospital’s first release of a turtle treated for fibropappilomatosis, which is a disease that causes internal and external tumors to grow on the sea turtle, inhibiting normal functioning. Read More


Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital Now Uses Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

Staff performing laser treatment surgery on turtle

The University of Florida Whitney Laboratory Sea Turtle Hospital is now using advanced carbon dioxide laser technology in the treatment of its sea turtle patients that are infected with the Fibropapilloma virus (FP). Read More