Sometimes the hatchlings emerging from these nests need a little extra help — that's where the Hatchling Hospital comes in.
This green turtle arrived at Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital in 2007 after being found in the Banana River with head and shell wounds. We were able to help Harry recover from many of his wounds, but could not repair the vision loss caused by the head injury. Squirt 2 was found floating in the Peace River in Punta Gorda, Florida, on April 29, 2015.
Squirt 2 was struck by a boat propeller and had long-standing wounds that were healing when the turtle arrived at Mote.
“Let’s say there are 4,000 fishing boats, nearly 16,000 turtles are killed per day as a result. It’s no wonder they are on the verge of extinction.” With its vast, sandy shore, the whole of Thame Hla Island used to be a safe haven for the green sea turtle.
But with a booming fishing industry and man-made environmental degradation like sand-mining, only a tiny fraction of the island is available to the reptiles for hatching these days.
These wounds have caused permanent damage, making Squirt 2 unable to eat appropriate prey, especially crabs that are important in a Kemp’s ridley turtle’s diet.
For this reason, wildlife officials deemed the turtle non-releasable, allowing Mote to display Squirt 2 and provide excellent long-term care.Two of the five, the leatherback and the loggerhead, are on the verge of extinction, according to sea turtle conservationists, but the total population of all five species has dropped by 70 percent in the past two decades as excessive fishing and environmental degradation have destroyed their habitats and food chains.(The flatback turtle and Kemp’s ridley sea turtle are the varieties not found in Myanmar.) Normally, sea turtles visit certain shores at specific times for hatching, but green turtles come to Thame Hal Island the whole year round to lay their eggs.In many countries, people consider their meat and eggs as prized delicacies.Often times they are just killed for their beautiful shell.The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded by proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate.THAME HLA ISLAND, Andaman Sea—Out in the Andaman Sea at the southernmost tip of Myanmar’s Ayeyawaddy Delta lies Thame Hla Island.Adding to the problem, the fishing areas are in the same locations as the turtles’ mating areas.“Every time you lift the net, there are always two to four adult turtles in it,” he said.You can also learn about Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program here, as well as our special Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital, where we help treat sick turtles so they can go home again to the wild. Fittingly, Ancient Survivors features Hang Tough, a blind green turtle that came to Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital in 1992 with severe head injuries that injured both optical nerves.We helped Hang Tough recover, but because he is blind, he cannot survive in the wild.