Sea Turtle Rescue Program


green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head Island, SC

Arrival Date: 01/08/2014

Age: juvenile

Weight: 7 lbs
Case History
Cold-stunned sea turtles are a fairly rare occurrence here in South Carolina; the majority of our patients are admitted due to negative human impacts such as boat strikes and hook-and-line capture. On January 8th, a 7-lb. juvenile green sea turtle was found cold and listless on the marsh side of Hilton Head Island (HHI) by a local family. At the time […]

Sea Turtle Rescue Program 2013 Year-End Review

Greetings and Happy New Year!

We have just reached the end of another busy and exciting year for the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. With 27 live stranded sea turtles admitted, 2013 was the second highest admission year since the program began in 2000. In addition, 31 sea turtles were released, far more than any year prior, bringing the Aquarium to 131 total releases. The photo above (courtesy of Mary Pringle) is of […]

Update on Eddie, Our Green Sea Turtle

Looking quite fashionable in black neoprene accented with hot pink straps, our lone green sea turtle patient, Eddie, is finally able to swim below the surface of the water without bobbing to the surface like a cork. The neoprene dive suit we began designing for Eddie last summer is helping to counteract the positive buoyancy caused by persistent excess gas in the intestinal tract. Similar to a scuba diver’s use of lead weights to […]

King Released at Cape Canaveral National Seashore in Florida

Every year in early December, a few Sea Turtle Rescue Program staff and volunteers make the trek down to The Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys for a sea turtle rehabilitation conference. Not only does the conference provide amazing networking and learning opportunities, but it also gives us a great reason to visit other sea turtle rehab facilities in Georgia and Florida and keep up-to-date on the latest rehab techniques and turtle gossip. This […]

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