Sea Turtle Rescue Program


Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Bohicket Creek, SC

Arrival Date: 06/20/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 5.56 kg (~12 lb.)
Case History
This critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was found floating and unable to dive in Bohicket Creek on June 20th. For sea turtles, being stuck at the surface of the water leaves them prone to being hit by boats. In addition, the inability to dive is a death sentence as their primary food sources are typically located along the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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