Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Bay

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Edisto Beach State Park Environmental Learning Center fishing pier

Arrival Date: 06/05/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 4.8 kg (~11 lb.)
Case History
A fisherman at Edisto Beach State Park captured this small juvenile Kemp’s ridley on hook-and-line, an occurrence which is becoming more common as recent Kemp’s ridley population increases have brought more small juveniles into South Carolina’s coastal waters. This conscientious fisherman immediately sought help from State Park staff as the turtle had swallowed […]

Mitchel

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head Island

Arrival Date: 05/14/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 28.4 kg
Case History
The third sea turtle to strand alive this past week was found near Hilton Head Island, a location where a significant number of our sea turtle hospital patients have been rescued from over the past decade. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources transported this juvenile loggerhead to our Sea Turtle Hospital, where SCA staff were ready and waiting to begin medical […]

Atalaya

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Beachfront at Huntington Beach State Park

Arrival Date: 05/08/2014

Age: juvenile

Weight: 36 kg
Case History
A 36 kg juvenile loggerhead sea turtle was found stranded on the beach at Huntington Beach State Park in Georgetown County on Thursday, May 8. The turtle was delivered during the Aquarium’s annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Gala which makes the third year in a row that a stranding was admitted during this big event! Named Atalaya after Atalaya Castle, a National […]

Nud and Miss Royal Return to Sea!

Two sea turtles were medically cleared by the Aquarium’s veterinarian, but coastal waters in South Carolina are still too cold for a beach release. With only two weeks to release them into the ocean, where do they go? In the warm waters of the Gulf Stream! Many loggerheads utilize Gulf Stream waters during winter months when coastal waters are too frigid for the cold-blooded reptiles.

On April 2, 2014, with the help of Kevin and […]

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that inspires conservation of the natural world.