Current Patients

Amelia

green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head Island, SC

Arrival Date: 01/08/2014

Age: juvenile

Weight: 7 lbs
Case History
Cold-stunned sea turtles are a fairly rare occurrence here in South Carolina; the majority of our patients are admitted due to negative human impacts such as boat strikes and hook-and-line capture. On January 8th, a 7-lb. juvenile green sea turtle was found cold and listless on the marsh side of Hilton Head Island (HHI) by a local family. [...]

Jersey

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey

Arrival Date: 09/24/2013

Age: subadult

Weight: 34 kg (~79 lb.)
Case History
Jersey was originally caught on September 1, 2013 in a cooling canal for the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey. Getting pulled in by cooling canals isn’t a rare occurrence for sea turtles and when it happens, the turtles are caught, morphometric data is obtained, and as long as the [...]

Huntington

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: In-water rescue near Huntington Beach State Park, SC

Arrival Date: 05/30/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight: 65.6 kg (~145 lb.)
Case History
Huntington, a 145 lb. loggerhead was seen floating and unable to dive in the water off of Huntington Beach by a family boating in the area. Luckily, the family knew this was odd behavior for a sea turtle and decided to help! The family contacted SCDNR and Huntington was transported to the [...]

Briar

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: North Myrtle Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 05/20/2013

Age: sub-adult

Weight: 56.5 kg (~125 lb.)
Case History
The currents washed this large, severely debilitated loggerhead ashore in North Myrtle Beach Monday morning. Covered with epibionts like barnacles and sea lettuce, it was obvious this emaciated turtle had been struggling and ill for quite some time. He was in such poor condition that it was impossible to tell if he was still alive without [...]

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