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Sea Turtle Rescue Program
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 […]
Loggerheads Miss Royal and Nud Fully Recover at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital
CHARLESTON, S.C. — April 2, 2014— After almost 10 months of expert care, two large loggerhead sea turtles are once again swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Miss Royal and Nud were both brought to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program in June of last year, each with different medical problems. Both were released today by boat in the […]
green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
Arrival Date: 01/08/2014
Weight: 7 lbs
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 […]
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 […]