Current Patients

Midway

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Pawley’s Island, SC

Arrival Date: 06/08/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 42.42 kg (~94 lb.)
Case History
Jeff McClary, co-founder of the non-profit organization S.C.U.T.E. (South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts) that engages volunteers in sea turtle nest monitoring activities, helped rescue this stranded juvenile loggerhead from a sand bar at the south end of Pawleys Island. Rescuers recognized that this animal (named Midway) was weak, had marine leeches hanging from both corners of the mouth, and was […]

Pointer

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: In-Water Rescue at Bay Point, SC

Arrival Date: 05/28/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 28.88 kg (~64 lb.)
Case History
This 28.88 kg juvenile loggerhead was rescued May 28th by SC Department of Natural Resources staff, who discovered this clearly ill loggerhead in the water at Bay Point. Named “Pointer,” this turtle also has an older partial amputation of her right front flipper. Her prognosis is fair and, assuming she recovers, s/he will have no problems surviving […]

Edings

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Edingsville Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 05/27/2015

Age: Sub-adult

Weight: 47.52 kg (~105 lb.)
Case History
Named in honor of his stranding location, this sub-adult loggerhead was found stranded on the NE end of Edingsville Beach by a caring couple who recognized the importance of reporting the stranding to the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). SCDNR monitors and responds to a 24-hour hotline number (800.922.5431) that the public is encouraged to use to report both […]

Botany

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 […]

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