Released Sea Turtles

Two Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Return to the Wild

Two endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are back in the wild after successful rehabilitation by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The juvenile sea turtles, Prescott and Kingsbury, were part of a mass stranding event in New England in November 2014 where more than 1,000 sea turtles were found near death from hypothermia after a severe cold front hit the area. The two were flown to Georgia, along with several other sea […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: In-Water Capture off Capers Inlet, SC

Arrival Date: 06/05/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 32.0 kg (~71 lb.)
Case History
The SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) In-Water Sea Turtle Research team captured their second debilitated loggerhead this year, named “Dewey,” on June 5th. (The first turtle, Botany, is still undergoing treatment in our sea turtle hospital.) This SCDNR research team monitors the health and status of local sea turtle populations by using shrimp boats outfitted as […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Fishing Pier, Myrtle Beach State Park, SC

Arrival Date: 05/28/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 31.6 kg (~70 lb.)
Case History
This thin loggerhead was apparently in search of easy prey in the form of bait at Myrtle Beach State Park’s (MBSP) fishing pier. Fishermen at the pier gently brought this turtle up with a large net once they realized it wasn’t a fish they had hooked. Luckily, these fishermen left a couple of feet of line […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Cape Island, SC

Arrival Date: 05/16/2015

Age: Sub-adult

Weight: 56.8 kg (~112 lb.)
Case History
Diligent US Fish & Wildlife staff and volunteers conducting loggerhead nesting patrols on the remote, undeveloped beaches of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge came across this large sea turtle upside down on the beach at the high tide line. Since this animal was clearly in distress, FWS staff immediately righted the turtle and contacted the SC Department of Natural Resources […]

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