If you spot a sick or injured Sea Turtle in Florida, you should immediately contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC (*FWC or #FWC on your cell phone).
In the Florida Keys, The Turtle Hospital may also be contacted in this event on our 24-hour stranding hotline at 305-481-7669. This hotline is for sea turtle distress calls in the Florida Keys only and will put you in contact with a rehab specialist immediately.
You may also contact the Coast Guard (VHF channel 16).
Examples of a sea turtle that might need help include but are not limited to:
- Listelessly floating on the surface
- Struggling but unable to dive
- Entanglement in fishing line, rope, netting or plastic material
- Apparent damage from a boat hit
- Washed up on the beach/shore, possibly very skinny or a small wash back hatchling
- Tumor growth anywhere on the turtle. Commonly on flippers and eyes.
Sea turtles are endangered/threatened species and should not be touched or handled by anyone unless authorized by the FWC or The Turtle Hospital.