Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Price Regains Vision After Five Months of Blindness

The South Carolina Aquarium saved the life of Price, a severely debilitated loggerhead that stranded in early May, but with a diagnosis of severe bilateral cataracts, it would take someone else to save his/her future. The blind turtle would not have a chance of surviving in the wild without greater intervention, and that came on Monday, September 28 when Dr. Anne Cook and her staff at Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry performed cataract surgery […]

Sea Turtle Release Fast Facts

Seeing a rehabilitated turtle being released back into the wild is one of the most rewarding moments for everyone involved in the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program. Sea turtle releases are truly an amazing sight to behold and represent the Sea Turtle Rescue Program’s role in helping to ensure the future of these ancient ocean creatures. Releases are not only rewarding for those who have helped the sea turtles directly, but for the entire […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: North Island, SC

Arrival Date: 07/30/2015

Age: adult

Weight: 75.7 kg (~167 pounds)
Case History
Brian Reece, a technician employed at Yawkey Wildlife Preserve, was out surveying for wild hogs when he came across this adult female loggerhead stuck in the sand at the high tide line. Interestingly, Brian Reece is also the person who found and helped rescue Yawkey, our first and only live stranded leatherback sea turtle, this past March. Since this female […]


Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 08/05/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 2.68 kg (~6 lb.)
Case History
This young Kemp’s ridley was caught on hook-and-line by a fisherman near the Morris Island Lighthouse. The turtle swallowed the large hook and, thus, was in need of medical attention to safely remove it from the throat prior to being released. Luckily, the fisherman left a length of line safely protruding from the turtle’s mouth to […]

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