Sea Turtle Rescue Program

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 […]

Bailey

Green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Bailey Island, Edisto, SC

Arrival Date: 08/31/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 15.1 kg (~33 lb.)
Case History
The week prior to Labor Day 2014, we admitted to the hospital three sea turtles with severe boat strike wounds to the face and beak: this green sea turtle we’ve named “Bailey, a loggerhead currently undergoing treatment named “McAdoo,” and a Kemp’s ridley with catastrophic wounds. These cases are often frustrating due to the severity of the facial wounds […]

McAdoo

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: 3rd Avenue South on Myrtle Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 08/26/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 22.8 kg (~50 lb.)
Case History
On August 26th, a petite juvenile loggerhead stranded near 3rd Avenue South on Myrtle Beach. Not only did this turtle have boat strike wounds to the head that appeared about a month old but, to add insult to injury, the right front flipper had been considerably shortened by a predatory fish. Based on the semicircle of […]

Labor Day Weekend Strandings

Labor Day weekend turned out to be an incredibly busy time for the Sea Turtle Rescue team! For only the second time in our history, we admitted three stranded sea turtles in one day on Sunday, August 31st. All three were victims of negative human impacts.

Barb Gobien and Barb Bergwerf, permitted Sea Turtle Rescue volunteers, arrived with our first patient at 1:45 Sunday afternoon. Weighing 33 pounds, this juvenile green from Edisto was twice […]

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