Ana Negrete successfully revived the first stranded
sea turtle with the sea turtle revival device at Xcaret/La Playa Mexico in July 2010. Negrete said the sea turtle was in pretty bad shape,
but she used the solar magnet for half an hour every day. It worked really well!!! The turtle is doing better even though she has some lung tissue compromised.
Negrete is the veterinarian in charge of sea turtles and manatees at Xcaret, and
she also rehabs sick turtles from all over the Yucatan at their marvelous facility. She has also used the Star Protocol
with acupuncture needles to resuscitate two comatose turtles
Sea turtle caught in artisanal stingray/shark net in San Felipe, Mexico.
Is it possible to revive stranded dead-appearing
sea turtles, turtles in coma from head injuries,
or ones that have recently drowned? The
answer is yes.
The question is when to attempt to revive them.
If they are stranded, there is probably some underlying pathology that
you should be prepared to treat after you revive them. At Australian
Seabird Rescue, their results were four revived out of 13 attempts,
and one survived long term. However these were turtles otherwise
declared dead. At South Carolina Aquarium, acupuncture and epi
and doxapram were used to temporarily revive a few loggerheads that
were declared dead.
At Xcaret, Mexico, two
loggerheads have been revived
long term after head injuries.
The first was on an IV over three
months, not eating or diving,
just floating. She began moving
during the first treatment and
within a week began eating.
Over a few weeks she was
diving and acting like a normal
turtle. The second loggerhead
responded to acupuncture
beginning with slow reactions and made good progress.
At LeReunion, France, two loggerheads were resuscitated successfully
and released after being submerged, caught by hook. Pilot results
thus far have had a 25 percent revival rate (short term) for beached
dead turtles, a 100 percent revival rate for coma from concussion, and
a 100 percent revival rate after coma from forced submergence. The
positive results of the small trial (16 turtles) suggests the need for a
larger full-scale controlled trial.
Shrimp trawling is one of the greatest causes of sea turtle mortality
throughout the world. The S.T.A.R. protocol was originally designed
by Phil Rogers M.S.R.V.C. and I to revive turtles in shock/coma for
only a few hours due to being submerged by trawler nets or longline
fishermen. Acupuncture at 1-3 specific points has been used by
clinicians to successfully revive comatose humans, horses, dogs, cats
and other species.
National Marine Fisheries Service compiled the results of seven
research projects spanning 12 years during which 4,397 turtles were
caught in trawler nets. For most tow times, there were more comatose
than dead turtles. A turtle returned to the sea in coma is presumed to
Given the feedback regarding training laymen to use needles to
resuscitate sea turtles aboard trawlers, a dime-sized solar-powered
10 Hz microamp generator has been developed by me and Joe Randolph of Randolph Telecom. It is working in human trials
and rapidly having the desired physiologic effect when used at
This device would be placed just below the turtle's nostrils at the
philtrium, the main sea turtle emergency point. Itís as easy as
putting on a bandaid.