Released Sea Turtles

Pluff

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head Island, SC

Arrival Date: 06/20/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight: 28.0 kg (~ 62 lb.)
Case History
This young loggerhead was found stuck in the marsh in Hilton Head Island. Affectionately named Pluff after the mud that is found in lowcountry marshes, the loggerhead was the third sea turtle stranding to be admitted to the Sea Turtle Hospital on June 20th 2013!
Treatment
At admittance, Pluff was very lethargic and had a moderately high barnacle coverage. Blood […]

Nud

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: DeBordieu Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 06/20/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight: 32.0 kg (~71 lb.)
Case History
Nud was the second of three stranded loggerhead turtles to arrive on June 20th (the other two were Miss Royal and Pluff). Unfortunately, Nud was critically ill after stranding alive on DeBordieu Beach, suffering from debilitated turtle syndrome (DTS) and necrotic ulcerative disease (NUD). Just moving this sick turtle from the transport vehicle to our medical facility was challenging, as […]

Skully

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Skull Inlet, Beaufort, SC

Arrival Date: 06/18/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight:
Case History
Skully was found in Skull Inlet by canoers, one of which belongs to the Virginia Stranding Response Program, who knew he needed help! Rescuers rode with SCDNR volunteer Janie Lackman and met Charlotte Hope halfway to ensure Skully made it to the Sea Turtle Hospital as quickly as possible.
Treatment
At admittance, Skully had a moderately heavy load of barnacles covering his carapace and about […]

Parker

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Myrtle Beach Pier, SC

Arrival Date: 06/10/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight: 2.16 kg (~5 lb.)
Case History
Parker, a tiny, emaciated 5 lb. Kemp’s ridley was caught by a recreational fisherman on hook-and-line at the Myrtle Beach Pier. Parker was transported to the hospital by SCDNR stranding and STH volunteer, Barb Gobien!
Treatment
At admittance, Parker was emaciated, dehydrated (sunken eyes), and had horrible blood work (TS 0.2, PCV 12%). Due to the location of the hook, […]

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