Current Patients

Seabrook

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Seabrook Island, SC

Arrival Date: 08/31/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 2.9 kg (~6 lb.)
Case History
A young Kemp’s ridley caught on recreational hook-and-line fishing gear, the fourth we’ve treated this year, arrived on Labor Day weekend just hours after we admitted both a green sea turtle (see Bailey’s page) and a Kemp’s ridley with boat strike injuries. Luckily, a quick health assessment showed that, other than a circle hook seated in the back […]

Bailey

Green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Bailey Island, Edisto, SC

Arrival Date: 08/31/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 15.1 kg (~33 lb.)
Case History
The week prior to Labor Day 2014, we admitted to the hospital three sea turtles with severe boat strike wounds to the face and beak: this green sea turtle we’ve named “Bailey, a loggerhead currently undergoing treatment named “McAdoo,” and a Kemp’s ridley with catastrophic wounds. These cases are often frustrating due to the severity of the facial wounds […]

McAdoo

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: 3rd Avenue South on Myrtle Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 08/26/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 22.8 kg (~50 lb.)
Case History
On August 26th, a petite juvenile loggerhead stranded near 3rd Avenue South on Myrtle Beach. Not only did this turtle have boat strike wounds to the head that appeared about a month old but, to add insult to injury, the right front flipper had been considerably shortened by a predatory fish. Based on the semicircle of […]

Boyles

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Found floating in Folly River

Arrival Date: 07/17/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 45.0 kg (~100 lb.)
Case History
This juvenile loggerhead was found by local fishermen, Bruce Humbert and Jimmy Walsh, as they returned to Folly boat landing from an afternoon of fishing. These gentlemen are not new to sea turtles in coastal waters this time of year so they easily recognized that the loggerhead was unable to dive and extremely lethargic. They called the South […]

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