Released Sea Turtles

Dozer

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 09/15/2014

Age: Sub-adult

Weight: 60.5 kg (133 pounds)
Case History
A Myrtle Beach city employee found this debilitated loggerhead about 5am at 53rd Avenue N front beach. The crew used a backhoe (it was initially reported as a bulldozer, hence the name Dozer) to pick up the large sea turtle. The tractor, a gentle giant when run by an operator who knows it well, did a great job bringing the […]

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
This little […]

Trawler

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Caught by SCDNR research vessel off of Dewees Island

Arrival Date: 06/27/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 60.6 kg
Case History
This 123-pound juvenile loggerhead was captured by the SCDNR trawling vessel, the R/V Lady Lisa, and had an unfortunate encounter with a stingray that was caught in the same net. Although the stingray barb was small and did not break off into the turtle’s tissue as they sometimes do, it did puncture the body cavity […]

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