Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Bohicket Creek, SC

Arrival Date: 06/20/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 5.56 kg (~12 lb.)
Case History
This critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was found floating and unable to dive in Bohicket Creek on June 20th. For sea turtles, being stuck at the surface of the water leaves them prone to being hit by boats. In addition, the inability to dive is a death sentence as their primary food sources are typically located along the […]


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

Arrival Date: 06/27/2015

Age: sub-adult

Weight: 43.3 kg (~95 pounds)
Case History
This severely emaciated sub-adult loggerhead was found floating in the water near Lady’s Island, SC. Boaters observed that this turtle was covered in barnacles and was not behaving normally; as such, they made the right decision to report this sick loggerhead to the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). SCDNR maintains a public hotline for reporting sick and injured […]

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 […]

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