Bagel | South Carolina Aquarium


Jun 13


Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Stranding Location: Garden City Pier, SC
Arrived: 6/5/24
Age: Juvenile
Sex: Unknown
Weight: 2.59 kg (5.7 lbs)

Case History

This juvenile Kemp’s ridley was hooked by a fisherman on the Garden City Pier. While the hook was easily removed at the pier, the turtle was noted to have multiple circular wounds across her/his body that needed treatment. It is important that turtles caught on hook and line get examined by professionals because there are often other injuries or ailments that they are suffering from. Our thanks to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources permitted volunteers who transported this patient to the Aquarium!


On admit, this small patient was alert and moderately active. We examined the wounds closely and determined that they were shallow and showed early signs of healing! This is great news for Bagel! We administered fluids, vitamins, antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory pain medication to help this patient feel better. In addition to the external wounds on Bagel, radiographs showed signs of pneumonia in her/his lungs. Bagel was alert and responsive throughout the exam, so we swim tested her/him in a shallow tank of water. Bagel was active, but appeared a little too lethargic to be left alone in deep water overnight, so s/he stayed in one of our tried and true kiddie pools!


June 11, 2024: In the days following admit, Bagel impressed staff by eating right away! With new patients we start with a couple of pieces of fish for a few days to ensure healthy digestion before giving them a weighted diet according to their body weight. Bagel has already graduated to a weighted diet! Additionally, Bagel came out for a CT today to confirm the depth of her/his wounds and they look superficial with no signs of gas in the internal body cavity. This is great news for Bagel!

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