Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Rare and Endangered 475-pound Leatherback Sea Turtle Returns to the Wild

One of the Largest Reptiles in the World Successfully Treated at South Carolina Aquarium

CHARLESTON, S.C. — March 12, 2015 — Yawkey, an endangered leatherback sea turtle found washed ashore in the Lowcountry earlier this week is headed back to open water. The turtle was released earlier today on the Isle of Palms, S.C. by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).

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Update on Yawkey the Leatherback Sea Turtle

Yawkey, a 500-pound leatherback sea turtle being treated in the Sea Turtle Hospital is showing improvements and is expected to return to the wild within the next two days. The immature turtle was found stranded on Yawkey South Island Reserve near Georgetown, S.C. on Saturday, March 7.

March 10, 2015 updates:

Yawkey has no external wounds. Sea turtles don’t strand unless they have a medical issue and Sea Turtle Hospital staff remain unsure of why s/he […]

Sea Turtle Hospital Admits One of the Largest Reptiles in the World, First in State’s History

500-Pound Leatherback Sea Turtle Receiving Treatment at South Carolina Aquarium

CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 9, 2015) – For the first time in South Carolina, a live leatherback sea turtle washed ashore and was admitted to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital. The turtle, found stranded on Yawkey South Island Reserve near Georgetown, S.C. Saturday, March 7, is one of the few live leatherback strandings reported in the United States.

The juvenile sea turtle, estimated to weigh 500 […]

Endangered Sea Turtles Set For Release Today

Rehabilitation at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program Saves Four Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mar. 6, 2015 — Four sea turtles have been successfully rehabilitated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program and are ready to return to the wild. The turtles, all Kemp’s ridleys, the most endangered of the sea turtle species, are being released this afternoon at Cape Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville, Fla. A representative […]

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