Help needed to care for thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles
Thousands of sea turtles have been rescued from the unusually cold weather experienced during the second week of January in the southeastern US. These turtles are being cared for by organizations from North Carolina to Texas. The unprecedented number of stranded sea turtles has left these organization scrambling for resources and forced them to spend funds typically budgeted for an entire year. Please help these organizations care for and return the rescued sea turtles to the wild by making a donation of money, time or materials.
Photos courtesy of NOAA
If you find a dead or injured sea turtle, please report it to the proper authorities.
A Record 5000 Sea Turtles Cold-Stunned in Florida
2000 sea turtles rescued from unusually cold sea off Florida
Statewide turtle rescue hits historic proportions
Shocked by the biting cold, dying turtles get new life
Cold snap's toll just now being completely felt
FLORIDA (Hotline 888-404-3922)
The Caribbean Conservation Corporation has set up an emergency fund to help permitted organizations in Florida. Visit their site to make a donation to the emergency fund.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center - Boca Raton
Publix or Whole Foods Gift Cards -
these are used to buy foods both for the turtles, and also some light refreshments for the rescue staff which have been coming in from multiple counties to lend a hand, often on their own time.
Target, Home Depot, Walmart, Office Depot, Staples Gift Cards – for purchases of materials such as bins, tubs, disposable items, files, pens, markers, copy paper, cleaning supplies, and other consumable items. Our paperwork and disinfectant requirements for these guys is pretty darn extensive.
Gas Gift Cards – to help cover turtle transport costs, and vet, vet tech, and rehab tech extra travel
Food Scale A&D HL-WP HL-1000WP wash down waterproof for food prep AffordableScales.com
Ferno Gurney 24H MiniMaxx collapsible gurney for transport http://www.ferno.com
If you may be able to donate medical supplies or vet meds, please contact us directly.
The Turtle Hospital - Marathon
The Turtle Hospital has admitted 178 turtles in the last few days with an equal mix of Hawksbills, Greens, and Loggerheads.
- Make a donation at their online store.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center - Juno Beach
- Meds - Albuterol Sulfate.083%, Fluconazole 2mg/ml, Amikacin 50 or 250 mg/ml, Baytril 100 mg/ml, Sodium Chloride, Betadine Solution
- Supplies - Primary IV sets, Vials, IV poles, Syringes 1cc to 60cc (Luer lock), Needles 25 - 18 gauge, Latex gloves - all sizes, Duct tape, A&D ointment, Unscented laundry detergent, Paper towels, Large trash bags, Bleach, Black thick Sharpie pens, Sharps boxes, Report or Clip boards, Baby pools, Ball point pens
- Other - New Commercial Electric Washer & Dryer, All Terrain Vehicles, Gift cards for grocery and hardware stores
- Money - (preferred- permits flexible use as needed)
Online donations: https://www.marinelife.org/donations.htm
Checks made to: Loggerhead Marinelife Center (please write in memo line "Cold Weather Emergency")
Send to: Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408
Mote Marine Lab - Sarasota
Phone: 941-388-4441 x509
- Closed-cell foam padding (this is a high priority and usually available from boat fabricators); Kiddie pools, wading pools, cattle waterers or other containers of a similar size that can hold water; Spray bottles; Towels and blankets; Tarps; Spring clamps (either all metal or plastic); Ventilated containers
- Monetary donations to pay for medications, food and satellite tags
Other rehabilitation organizations that hosted sea turtles (no specific info available yet):
- Gulf Specimen Marine Lab
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium
- Florida Aquarium
- Sea World (Orlando)
- Marine Science Center at Lighthouse Point Park
- Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife
Additional organizations that served as temporary holding facilities:
- St. Lucie Power Plant (Inwater Research Group)
- Florida Oceanographic Society
- Brevard Zoo
- Barrier Island Center
- Environmental Learning Center
- University of Central Florida (Marine Turtle Research Group - Beach house)
- Whitney Marine Lab
- University of Florida
- Florida Atlantic University
- USFWS National Fish Hatchery (in Welaka, FL)
- USFWS Canaveral National Seashore
- USFWS Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
GEORGIA (Hotline 800-272-8363)
Georgia Sea Turtle Center/Jekyll Island State Park Authority - Jekyll Island
- Medical supplies - Amikacin, Abaxis- (Reptile/avian cartridges for blood work), Ceftazidime, Metronidazole, Doxirobe, Syringes (1 ml, 3 ml, 12 ml, 60 ml), Lactated ringers solution - one liter bags, Saline solution - one liter bags of 0.9%, Bone cement, Medi-honey impregnated sterile gauze, Alcohol, Needles (18, 20 and 22 gauge- 1 and 1.5 inch), Gauze- 4 x 4”, Disposable examination gloves (small, medium & large)
- Husbandry Supplies - Laundry Detergent, Paper Towels, Sharpie pens, Ink Pens, PVC, Plastic lattice work (“fencing material”), Submersible aquarium heaters (50,100,200,300 watts), Heat lamps- UVB only, Floor heaters, Bath-size towels, Duct tape, Zip ties (long, Black “UVB compatible”)
- Turtle Food supplies - Fresh, dark green lettuces, Fresh cucumbers, Fresh green peppers
- Money - (preferred- permits flexible use as needed)
Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) - Kitty Hawk
PO Box 1168, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
- Supplies - Latex gloves (small. medium, large), Iodine/Betadine, Alcohol, Guaze pads, Cotton swabs, Syringes - 1ml & 3ml, Needles -, 18, 20 and 22 gauge- 1 and 1.5 inch, Micro-hematocrit capillary tubes, Critoseal clay sealant, I-Pet glucose test strips, Veterinary stretcher - please contact for details, Laundry detergent, Bleach, Hand sanitizer, 13 gal trash bags, 3-ring binders (1in, 2in, 3in) and dividers, 1 or 2 flash/jump drives for record back-up, Small shop vac, PVC and plastic lattice fencing