Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Sullivan’s Island, SC
Arrival Date: 05/05/2018
Weight: 4.12 kg (9 pounds)
Buckbeak was hooked by a surf fisherman near the lighthouse on Sullivan’s Island. The fisherman brought him to shore where they kept him safe until South Carolina Department of Natural Resources volunteer responders could arrive. Buckbeak was promptly transported to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center for hook removal.
Upon admit, Buckbeak was active and alert. Vet staff did a thorough exam on him to assess his body condition and took X-rays to find the location of the hook. Luckily the hook was shallowly hooked in the tongue. With some light sedation, vet staff was able to quickly and easily remove the hook. Buckbeak spent the rest of the evening recovering from the sedation and was placed in a tank the next day.
May 8, 2018: Buckbeak was placed in a tank the day after admit and is slowly adapting to his new surroundings. We have started offering a piece of fish each day, however he currently has no interest in food. We are optimistic that after a few days he will settle down and begin to eat. Buckbeak is in great body condition so we are hoping for a quick turnaround for him!
May 15, 2018: Staff had a hard time getting Buckbeak to start eating- we tried everything! When offered some crushed up blue crab he immediately went for it and began eating. Buckbeak is still receiving antibiotic injections every few days.