Caretta’s Annual Check-Up Went Swimmingly!

Caretta is the Aquarium’s resident loggerhead and favorite among visitors and staff. This big sea turtle has a big personality and is known to steal the spotlight during daily dive shows and staff meetings by swimming front-and-center in the Great Ocean Tank. She also loves to take naps along the coral reef.

This Tuesday, she received a clean bill of health after Veterinarian Shane Boylan administered her annual check-up. Just in time for her upcoming August […]

5 Tips to Steer Clear of Sharks this 4th of July

Shark sightings and attacks have made headlines throughout the Carolinas this summer. As we head into the holiday weekend, our experts have received many questions about how to stay safe in the ocean. Here are our top five tips to avoid interacting with sharks:

Don’t swim by fishing piers: If you are out at the beach and plan to swim, pick an area away from piers. Fishermen and women looking for the next big catch may […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head, SC

Arrival Date: 06/13/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 35.0 kg (~77 lb.)
Case History
This spring has been our busiest stranding season ever! This juvenile loggerhead sea turtle is the fifth stranded sea turtle we’ve admitted this month alone, and the eighteenth sea turtle we’ve admitted this year. Named “Belton” in honor of an elementary school in Belton, SC, that has helped many of our patients through their read-a-thon fundraisers over the years, this […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Pawley’s Island, SC

Arrival Date: 06/08/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 14.1 kg (~31 lb.)
Case History
In an odd turn of events, two loggerhead sea turtles stranded on Pawleys Island on the morning of June 8th. This small juvenile turtle was found on the south end by Mary Schneider, a nesting beach patrol volunteer walking the beach looking for sea turtle nests laid the night before. Jeff McClary, a permitted sea turtle transporter and co-founder of […]

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