Released 11/3/07 "Lady Lisa," a 56-pound juvenile loggerhead that was caught on the SC Department of Natural Resources Marine Resources Division (SCDNR MRD). She was released on Saturday, November 3rd at the Isle of Palms.
"Lady Lisa" showed signs of Debilitated Turtle Syndrome (DTS) when she was caught in the SCDNR MRD In-Water Study and was admitted on July 30, 2007. Among the symptoms in this syndrome are anemia, emaciation and external parasites. Since she was caught early in the disease, "Lady Lisa" made a quick recovery. This juvenile turtle will also be outfitted with a satellite transmitter to find out more about DTS that so commonly affects juvenile loggerheads in the southeast.
"Cape Romain," a 275-pound adult male loggerhead was released on Saturday, November 3rd at the Isle of Palms. "Cape Romain" was admitted May 17, 2007 suffering from crab trap rope entanglement injuries that cut deeply into the shoulder region of the front left flipper. The flipper damage was extensive including swelling, lack of circulation and infection, resulting in full amputation. The turtle overcame this traumatic injury incredibly well and is healthy and robust. Hundreds of sea turtles have been documented thriving in the ocean with missing limbs and we are confident that "Cape Romain" will adapt well. This adult male loggerhead will be outfitted with a satellite transmitter to track his migrations after release, a collaborative project between the South Carolina Aquarium and the SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation Program. We would like to thank Boatsafe Heaters for their support in this endeavor.
"Edisto," a 310-pound adult male loggerhead was released on Saturday, October 13th at 10:30 am at Folly Beach County Park.
Edisto was rescued from the Atlantic Ocean off of Edisto Beach, SC on May 21, 2007 by the Edisto Beach Fire Department with the help of Edisto residents. A crab trap rope was entangled around his back, left flipper, cutting deeply to the bone. The animal was rehabilitated at the South Carolina Aquarium's Turtle Hospital. He has fully recovered and we are thrilled to send him on his way!
SC Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Aquarium are partnering on this satellite telemtry project to track this animal's migrations. Edisto will be the first adult male loggerhead to be satellite tagged and released off South Carolina's coast.
“Stingray” is a sub-adult female loggerhead that was caught aboard the Lady Lisa, a SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) research vessel, on 8/1/07. The turtle was transported to the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital to treat a prolapsed cloaca and stingray spine wounds associated with collection in a turtle trawl net.
This turtle was previously collected by the SCDNR In-Water Sea Turtle Survey on 5/22/06 in the Charleston harbor shipping entrance channel, less than 1km from where it was recaptured on 8/1/07. Stingray made a quick recovery and was released 3 weeks after her admission.
“Lighthouse” is swimming around the Atlantic Ocean as we speak! She was released by boat June 15, 2007 at the Nearshore Reef just off the coast. She wasted no time in swimming away as soon as we got her in the water. "Lighthouse" stranded on Lighthouse Island, SC in June 2006. She was very anemic, emaciated, dehydrated and loaded with internal and external parasites. This "Debilitated Turtle Syndrome" commonly affects and kills sub-adult loggerhead sea turtles in the Southeastern United States. The root cause of this illness in unknown. This telemetry project hopes to uncover some answers about this syndrome.