Sea Turtle Rescue Program


Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 08/05/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 2.68 kg (~6 lb.)
Case History
This young Kemp’s ridley was caught on hook-and-line by a fisherman near the Morris Island Lighthouse. The turtle swallowed the large hook and, thus, was in need of medical attention to safely remove it from the throat prior to being released. Luckily, the fisherman left a length of line safely protruding from the turtle’s mouth to […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: South Litchfield, SC

Arrival Date: 08/01/2015

Age: juvenile

Weight: 33.8 kg (~75 pounds)
Case History
Paddle boarders out enjoying South Carolina’s beautiful waterways came across this extremely sick and lethargic loggerhead in South Litchfield near Norris Drive. Luckily for this turtle, they contacted S.C.U.T.E., a volunteer-run nest protection organization that operates under the auspices of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). S.C.U.T.E. contacted SCDNR and arrangements were quickly made to transport this animal […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Kiawah, SC

Arrival Date: 07/18/2015

Age: juvenile

Weight: 36.3 kg (~80 pounds)
Case History
This juvenile loggerhead was rescued by the amazing Kiawah Beach Patrol near the Ocean Course Clubhouse. One look at this sea turtle and patrollers knew s/he needed assistance. Kia was clearly underweight and laying lethargically on the beach, and s/he was covered in green and brown algae which gave her shell a furry appearance. This turtle had clearly been sick and […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Charleston Harbor, SC

Arrival Date: 07/16/2015

Age: juvenile

Weight: 30.0 kg (~66 pounds)
Case History
This small juvenile loggerhead was incidentally caught in a trawl net in the Charleston Harbor and brought on board an education vessel operated by the SCDNR, the E/V Discovery. Once onboard, Discovery biologists took one look at this sub adult loggerhead and immediately knew something was wrong. The loggerhead we’ve named Discovery was thin, lethargic, and had old wounds to […]

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