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Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Remley

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Remley’s Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Arrival Date: 06/22/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 2.4 kg (~5 lb.)
Case History
This little sea turtle is the second Kemp’s ridley admitted this month after being caught on hook-and-line by a recreational fisherman. A nearby resident safely confined this critically endangered species of turtle in a shaded kiddie pool until SCDNR arrived to transport it to our sea turtle hospital.
Treatment
Named “Remley” after his capture location, this spunky little […]

Lazarus

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Garden City, SC

Arrival Date: 06/07/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 32.4 kg (~72 lb.)
Case History
Emaciated, lethargic, and near death, this juvenile loggerhead stranded on the beach near Calhoun Street in Garden City. Local S.C.U.T.E. nesting beach volunteers assisted with the timely rescue and transport of this animal to our sea turtle hospital. Other than two old fish hooks embedded in the skin of the left front flipper and neck, this loggerhead did not have […]

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 […]

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