Released Sea Turtles

Dorminy

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Dukes County, MA

Arrival Date: 11/20/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 3.5 kg (~8 lb.)
Case History
Dorminy is one of fifteen sea turtles transferred from the New England Aquarium (NEAq) to the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital on November 20, 2014. This Kemp’s ridley was one of more than a thousand sea turtles afflicted with severe hypothermia and recovered (alive or dead) from the beaches and nearshore waters of Massachusetts during an unprecedented cold-stunning […]

Pinckney

Green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: C.C. Haig, Jr. Boat Landing, Pinckney Island, SC

Arrival Date: 10/05/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 4.2 kg (~9 lb.)
Case History
We admitted a very interesting case on Sunday night: a small green sea turtle caught on hook-and-line. Sea turtle interactions with recreational fisheries are certainly not uncommon, and we’ve removed so many circle and J-hooks from sea turtles over the years that our veterinarian is very adept at the process. However, our hook-and-line patients are […]

Seabrook

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Seabrook Island, SC

Arrival Date: 08/31/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 2.9 kg (~6 lb.)
Case History
A young Kemp’s ridley caught on recreational hook-and-line fishing gear, the fourth we’ve treated this year, arrived on Labor Day weekend just hours after we admitted both a green sea turtle (see Bailey’s page) and a Kemp’s ridley with boat strike injuries. Luckily, a quick health assessment showed that, other than a circle hook seated in the back of […]

Blu

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Folly Beach Fishing Pier

Arrival Date: 07/11/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 4.0 kg (~9 lb.)
Case History
This young Kemp’s ridley was caught on hook and line by a pier fisherman on the evening of July 11. The turtle swallowed the hook so the fisherman was unable to remove it himself. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was contacted so the endangered sea turtle could be transported to the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital.
Treatment
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