Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Lady

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

Arrival Date: 06/27/2015

Age: sub-adult

Weight: 43.3 kg (~95 pounds)
Case History
This severely emaciated sub-adult loggerhead was found floating in the water near Lady’s Island, SC. Boaters observed that this turtle was covered in barnacles and was not behaving normally; as such, they made the right decision to report this sick loggerhead to the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). SCDNR maintains a public hotline for reporting sick and injured […]

Belton

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head, SC

Arrival Date: 06/13/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 35.0 kg (~77 lb.)
Case History
This spring has been our busiest stranding season ever! This juvenile loggerhead sea turtle is the fifth stranded sea turtle we’ve admitted this month alone, and the eighteenth sea turtle we’ve admitted this year. Named “Belton” in honor of an elementary school in Belton, SC, that has helped many of our patients through their read-a-thon fundraisers over the years, this […]

Pawley

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

Arrival Date: 06/08/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 14.1 kg (~31 lb.)
Case History
In an odd turn of events, two loggerhead sea turtles stranded on Pawleys Island on the morning of June 8th. This small juvenile turtle was found on the south end by Mary Schneider, a nesting beach patrol volunteer walking the beach looking for sea turtle nests laid the night before. Jeff McClary, a permitted sea turtle transporter and co-founder of […]

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 […]

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