Turt, a sub-adult male green sea turtle, was found floating in the intake canal of the Nuclear Power Plant in Fort Pierce in 2009. Unfortunately, that wasn't the first time he needed help. Turt was found with an internal pit tag that told a story of at least four other occurrences when humans had to step in to provide him aid. Concerned by the number of times the turtle had been scanned, the rescuers took him to Loggerhead Marinelife Turtle Hospital in Juno Beach with the hope that the doctors there would be able to determine what was causing this turtle so much turmoil.
After undergoing a series of tests at the hospital, Turt was diagnosed with spastic peristalsis of his large intestines, meaning he would need to be on medication to control his buoyancy for the rest of his life. Since the medicine needed to be administered every other day, Turt needed to be transferred to a non-releasable facility for permanent care.
Turt arrived at Florida Oceanographic on July 23rd, 2010, making him the first sea turtle to call the Game Fish Lagoon home. For feeding and medicine dispersal, he is operant trained to respond to a blue circular target. Turt also enjoys lettuce donated by Publix or can be found foraging on the algae growth in the Lagoon.