Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Nud & Miss Royal: Two Healthy Sea Turtles Back in the Open Ocean

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

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 […]

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