green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Sandy Neck, Sandwich, MA
Arrival Date: 12/05/2012
Weight: 1.9 kg (~4 lb.)
Barney is one of more than 230 live sea turtles that stranded as part of an unprecedented mass cold-stunning event in Massachusetts during November and December 2012. Thanks to the generosity of multiple donors, including pilots Neil McCann and Gary Davis (also owner of Davis Air, Inc.), 10 of these sea turtles were flown from the New England Aquarium’s (NEAq) Marine Animal Rescue Program to the South Carolina Aquarium on December 5th, 2012. Multiple East Coast facilities have banded together to help the overloaded NEAq by taking transferred sea turtles, and the SCA is proud to be a part of this effort.
Barney arrived with a fairly severe lesion in his left rear inguinal region, which was in the early stages of healing. On a positive note, his blood work was good (PCV 31, TS 2.8) upon admission thanks to the initial treatment and care provided by the NEAq.
25 February 2013: Barney is consistently being entertained by his splashy and feisty tank-mate, Ollie. He has improved significantly since admission and his inguinal lesion is healed well. Barney is also enjoying his daily serving of organic vegetables thanks to continued donations by Earth Fare, an amazing grocery store in West Ashley, SC.
Isle of Palms County Park, SC