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Released Sea Turtles

King

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

Arrival Date: 05/30/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight: 5.44 kg (~12 lb.)
Case History
King, a small 6 lb. Kemp’s ridley was caught by a recreational fisherman on hook-and-line at Myrtle Beach State Park. Myrtle Beach State Park Rangers and Barbara Gobien (SCDNR stranding and STH volunteer) coordinated transport of this turtle to our hospital.
Treatment
Besides the hook, King’s condition upon arrival was fairly good, with decent initial blood (PCV 29%, TS […]

Huntington

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: In-water rescue near Huntington Beach State Park, SC

Arrival Date: 05/30/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight: 65.6 kg (~145 lb.)
Case History
Huntington, a 145 lb. loggerhead was seen floating and unable to dive in the water off of Huntington Beach by a family boating in the area. Luckily, the family knew this was odd behavior for a sea turtle and decided to help! The family contacted SCDNR and Huntington was transported to the SCA’s Sea Turtle […]

Splinter

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: RV Lady Lisa, SCDNR research vessel outside of Dewees Island

Arrival Date: 05/28/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight: 30.8 kg
Case History
Splinter was caught on board the SCDNR research vessel, the Lady Lisa right off of Dewees Inlet with what appeared to be a wooden splinter through the right rear flipper.
Treatment
Upon arrival, a physical exam was performed to better assess Splinter’s wound. The exam showed no active bleeding but there was severe inflammation to the stifle […]

Raker

green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 04/22/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight: 3.44 kg (7.6 lb.)
Case History
An observant and compassionate crew of city beach workers on Myrtle Beach rescued this little green sea turtle early one very cold morning in April. When a North Myrtle Beach Turtle Team volunteer arrived to help, she was grateful to discover that the beach rakers had built a small sand berm around the turtle to protect it from the cold […]

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