The Turtle Hospital. Rescue, Rehab, Release.



Arrival: February 17, 2005

Species: Kemp’s Ridley

Weight: 78 lbs.

Gender: Female

BIO: Bender was hit by a boat resulting in “bubble butt syndrome,” so she floats without weights on. She also lost her front right flipper due to a fishing line entanglement.

Bender mouth open DSCN1085

UPDATED: 2/25/16 I have gained some weight over the years. I’m currently weighing in at 82 lbs.

UPDATED: 4/5/18 This year I’ve lost 2 pounds, currently weighing in at 80 lbs. That’s because i’m a picky eater; I like having my squid stuffed with shrimp.