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Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Labor Day Weekend Strandings

Labor Day weekend turned out to be an incredibly busy time for the Sea Turtle Rescue team! For only the second time in our history, we admitted three stranded sea turtles in one day on Sunday, August 31st. All three were victims of negative human impacts.

Barb Gobien and Barb Bergwerf, permitted Sea Turtle Rescue volunteers, arrived with our first patient at 1:45 Sunday afternoon. Weighing 33 pounds, this juvenile green from Edisto was twice […]

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 […]

Buck

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Buck Hall boat landing, McClellanville, SC

Arrival Date: 07/20/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 34.3 kg (~75 lb.)
Case History
This juvenile loggerhead was found lethargic and floating by Buck Hall boat landing in McClellanville, SC by a recreational fisherman who contacted the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Michelle Pate, Sea Turtle Coordinator from SCDNR, transported the animal to the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital for examination and medical treatment.
Treatment
Upon arrival, staff found the heart rate to […]

Blu

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Folly Beach Fishing Pier

Arrival Date: 07/11/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 4.0 kg (~9 lb.)
Case History
This young Kemp’s ridley was caught on hook and line by a pier fisherman on the evening of July 11. The turtle swallowed the hook so the fisherman was unable to remove it himself. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was contacted so the endangered sea turtle could be transported to the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital.
Treatment
This little […]

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