Current Patients


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: In-Water Capture in Botany Bay, SC

Arrival Date: 05/29/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 49.4 kg (~109 lb.)
Case History
This 49.4 kg sub-adult loggerhead was captured May 29th by the SC Department of Natural Resources’ sea turtle research vessel, the RV Lady Lisa. The blood work and physical exam performed on board the vessel revealed severe debilitation and necessitated this animal’s admission into our sea turtle hospital. Our hospital is currently over capacity and we’ve had […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Price Inlet

Arrival Date: 05/05/2015

Age: sub-adult

Weight: 51.7 kg (~114 pounds)
Case History
Captain Chuck Griffin, a sports fishing captain, spotted a sea turtle floating in Price Inlet located between Capers and Bulls Islands. Recognizing this turtle was in distress, he and the passengers on board carefully lifted this large sea turtle onto the boat. After making contact with the appropriate first responders at SCDNR for instructions and authorization, Captain Griffin transported this debilitated […]


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 […]


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 animals are in […]

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