Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility

People viewing the Gumbo Limbo sea turtle rehabilitation tanks


Our sea turtle patients and residents are currently visiting other facilities and receiving exceptional treatment and care as we enhance and transition our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program to the Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards. 

During the transition, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center will remain OPEN, however, the Sea Turtle Rehab Program and its related facility areas be TEMPORARILY CLOSED. 

We look forward to our resident sea turtles return and for rescue, rehabilitation, and release operations to resume at our facility. Learn more about the transition.

In the meantime, we invite you to visit the other great areas of the Nature Center including the trails, gopher tortoises, aquariums, butterfly garden and exhibits.

Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility opened on January 1, 2010 and immediately began treating sick and injured sea turtles on site. Since that time, we have been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing an average of 50-100 patients and over 1000 hatchlings annually. In our facility, visitors can see our patients in their tanks, talk to educators, and possibly witness a treatment or surgery.  

Gumbo Limbo’s rehabilitation facility is one of only seven facilities in the entire state of Florida licensed to treat sea turtles with fibropapilloma disease (FP). FP is evident by the presence of benign, cauliflower-like tumors found on the soft tissue of sea turtles.

Our facility is funded with the generous support of Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards. For more information about our patients, treatments, satellite tracking, and how you can help, please visit

Learn about the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility

Sea Turtle Rescue Line

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility operates a
24-Hour Sea Turtle Rescue Line: 561-212-8691.

If you ever encounter an injured sea turtle or other injured wildlife please contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Wildlife Hotline immediately at: 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).  You may also dial *FWC or #FWC on your mobile phone.