Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Imagine a world without sea turtles…

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is shedding light on the profound impact that animal extinction has on all of us with a new conservation initiative, Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE).  In an effort to raise awareness about endangered animals and the work being done to prevent extinction, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums all over the country are asking our visitors to consider what it would be like if we were never be able […]

Three Turtles in Three Days

It has been a busy week in the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital! Three critically ill sea turtles were admitted in only three days. Among other issues, the two loggerheads and one green sea turtle are very emaciated, dehydrated, lethargic, and have extremely poor blood work. All are receiving supportive care to include antibiotic injections, vitamin injections and a cocktail of fluids. Because the animals are so weak, they are unable to swim in a […]

Yawkey

Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea)
Stranding Location: Yawkey Wildlife Preserve, SC

Arrival Date: 03/07/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 216 kg (~476 lb.)
Case History
Yawkey Wildlife Preserve staff discovered this large, lethargic leatherback stranded in the surf on one of the Preserve’s remote islands. This is the first time a stranded leatherback has been found alive along South Carolina’s coast, and this particular turtle was extremely lucky to have been observed as s/he stranded along an extremely remote and nearly inaccessible island. Our […]

Bohicket

Green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Bohicket Marina, Johns Island, SC

Arrival Date: 04/22/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 5.8 kg (~13 lb.)
Case History
This juvenile green sea turtle was found floating (positively buoyant) at the Bohicket Marina on Johns Island. The SC Department of Natural Resources transported the sick turtle to the Aquarium for necessary medical treatment. Once on site, x-rays confirmed a large amount of gas in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. We are concerned that this little green sea turtle […]

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