Looking quite fashionable in black neoprene accented with hot pink straps, our lone green sea turtle patient, Eddie, is finally able to swim below the surface of the water without bobbing to the surface like a cork. The neoprene dive suit we began designing for Eddie last summer is helping to counteract the positive buoyancy caused by persistent excess gas in the intestinal tract. Similar to a scuba diver’s use of lead weights to [...]
Every year in early December, a few Sea Turtle Rescue Program staff and volunteers make the trek down to The Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys for a sea turtle rehabilitation conference. Not only does the conference provide amazing networking and learning opportunities, but it also gives us a great reason to visit other sea turtle rehab facilities in Georgia and Florida and keep up-to-date on the latest rehab techniques and turtle gossip. This [...]
I was surprised to learn about the health problem of my favorite patient when I first started my internship with the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. She is a large loggerhead named Huntington and is recovering from an intestinal impaction caused by a dense mass of scallop shells, a natural prey item for loggerheads.
For those of you that remember when Huntington was admitted in May, she was positively buoyant (floating), thin, and [...]
“Pluff,” a 65-pound loggerhead sea turtle treated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program, will be released this Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Folly Beach County Park. The public is invited to come out to watch as Pluff returned the ocean at 4:30 p.m. The release is being held in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC). Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, carpool and are [...]