Nov 24

Sea Turtle Rescue Program Volunteer Improves Turtle’s Vision

Since 2007, Sea Turtle Rescue Program volunteer Barb Gobien has dedicated countless hours to the health and well-being of our sea turtle patients. Her most recent contribution exemplifies her generous and caring spirit. This September, a loggerhead named Boyles was declared non-releasable due to blindness from a boat strike. Determined…
Oct 19

Jammin’ 4 Jammer Raises $20,000 for Sea Turtle Rescue Program

On September 23, the Island Turtle Team hosted their annual Jammin’ 4 Jammer event at The Windjammer on Isle of Palms. In 2011, members of the Island Turtle Team rescued a severely debilitated loggerhead, who would later be named Jammer due his/her stranding in front of the Windjammer. After a…
Apr 10

Threatened Sea Turtles Returned to the Wild After Being Found Near Death

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Apr. 10, 2015 — Two loggerhead sea turtles that were admitted in the summer of 2014 in critical condition, were successfully returned to the Atlantic Ocean this afternoon. The turtles, Lazarus and Dozer, were released by boat approximately 40 miles off the coast of Charleston. The trip…
Mar 25

Aquarium Members and the Island Turtle Team partner for Loggerhead Lessons!

Following on the flippers of one of the most sensational six days in the Sea Turtle Hospital and the South Carolina Aquarium’s history with the rescue, rehabilitation and release of our first leatherback sea turtle, a group of 30 Island Turtle Team volunteers partnered with the Aquarium’s Membership team to…
Mar 13

Rare and Endangered 475-pound Leatherback Sea Turtle Returns to the Wild

CHARLESTON, S.C. — March 12, 2015 — Yawkey, an endangered leatherback sea turtle found washed ashore in the Lowcountry earlier this week is headed back to open water. The turtle was released earlier today on the Isle of Palms, S.C. by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program and…
Mar 10

Update on Yawkey the Leatherback Sea Turtle

Yawkey, a 500-pound leatherback sea turtle being treated in the Sea Turtle Hospital is showing improvements and is expected to return to the wild within the next two days. The immature turtle was found stranded on Yawkey South Island Reserve near Georgetown, S.C. on Saturday, March 7. March 10, 2015…
Mar 10
Mar 06

Endangered Sea Turtles Set For Release Today

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mar. 6, 2015 — Four sea turtles have been successfully rehabilitated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program and are ready to return to the wild. The turtles, all Kemp's ridleys, the most endangered of the sea turtle species, are being released this afternoon at…
Feb 09


Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) Stranding Location: Barnstable, MA Arrival Date: 12/10/2014 Age: Juvenile Weight: 2.2 kg Case History Massey is one of four sea turtles transferred from the New England Aquarium (NEAq) to the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital on December 10, 2014. This was the second group of…
Nov 12

Jersey Prepares for a New Home

Great news! The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, CA has acquired the federal permit necessary to host Jersey as a permanent resident! We are so excited that this non-releasable loggerhead has an opportunity to enjoy life in a 50,000-gallon tank. To prepare Jersey for success…
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