Released Sea Turtles

Sewee

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 […]

Socastee

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

Arrival Date: 05/17/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 24.1 kg (~52 lb.)
Case History
Conscientious fishermen at Myrtle Beach State Park’s (MBSP) fishing pier foul-hooked this small loggerhead in the front flipper. Upon bringing the turtle up with a large dip net to remove the hook prior to release, they noticed the turtle appeared to be in poor health and contacted MBSP Ranger Ann Malys-Wilson. His rescuers then contacted the […]

Portia

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

Arrival Date: 05/04/2015

Age: sub-adult

Weight: 33.9 kg (~75 pounds)
Case History
This severely debilitated loggerhead was found washed ashore on the 700 block of Edisto Beach on a Monday morning. Edisto turtle team leader Brad Drawdy responded to the stranding call and found the turtle was extremely lethargic, thin, and covered with barnacles. Brad contacted the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and they transported the sick turtle to our Sea […]

Yawkey

Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea)
Stranding Location: Yawkey Wildlife Preserve, SC

Arrival Date: 03/07/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 216 kg (~476 lb.)
Case History
Yawkey Wildlife Preserve staff discovered this large, lethargic leatherback stranded in the surf on one of the Preserve’s remote islands. This is the first time a stranded leatherback has been found alive along South Carolina’s coast, and this particular turtle was extremely lucky to have been observed as s/he stranded along an extremely remote and nearly inaccessible island. Our […]

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