First Day Festival in Charleston

Just a few more days until school starts here in the Lowcountry—and that means it’s time for the annual First Day Festival in Charleston. The festival, which is hosted by the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, will take place on Liberty Square August 16 from noon until 4 p.m. The festival is designed to get kids excited about returning to school and making sure they have the supplies and support they need. […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: North Island, SC

Arrival Date: 07/30/2015

Age: adult

Weight: 75.7 kg (~167 pounds)
Case History
Brian Reece, a technician employed at Yawkey Wildlife Preserve, was out surveying for wild hogs when he came across this adult female loggerhead stuck in the sand at the high tide line. Interestingly, Brian Reece is also the person who found and helped rescue Yawkey, our first and only live stranded leatherback sea turtle, this past March. Since this female […]


Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 08/05/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 2.68 kg (~6 lb.)
Case History
This young Kemp’s ridley was caught on hook-and-line by a fisherman near the Morris Island Lighthouse. The turtle swallowed the large hook and, thus, was in need of medical attention to safely remove it from the throat prior to being released. Luckily, the fisherman left a length of line safely protruding from the turtle’s mouth to […]

Happy Birthday, Caretta!

Now through August 14, we are celebrating the birthday of Charleston’s favorite loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta! The sassy and spunky star of the Great Ocean Tank is turning 28 and she will be treated to a special fishy birthday cake. Share in the celebration by signing her birthday card!

Caretta joined the Aquarium family in 2001 when she was fourteen years old, and since then she’s been stealing the hearts of visitors and Aquarium staff […]

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