Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Remley’s Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Arrival Date: 06/22/2014
Weight: 2.4 kg (~5 lb.)
This little sea turtle is the second Kemp’s ridley admitted this month after being caught on hook-and-line by a recreational fisherman. A nearby resident safely confined this critically endangered species of turtle in a shaded kiddie pool until SCDNR arrived to transport it to our sea turtle hospital.
Named “Remley” after his capture location, this spunky little turtle arrived in generally good body condition with a large hook seated deep in the oral cavity. After taking his heart rate (52 beats per minute) and an x-ray, the SCA’s veterinarian administered several sedatives to relax Remley. The hook removal process took approximately five minutes, after which Remley was dry-docked on foam overnight for observation. This little ridley was placed in a full tank of water the following morning and is expected to make a speedy recovery.