Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Briar is Returning Home

If you have visited the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital in the past year then you have met Briar. This large loggerhead is greeted daily with ooo’s and ahh’s from guests due to her large size but they are even more captivated after hearing her story. Briar stranded on the beach in Myrtle Beach late May of last year, extremely debilitated and barely clinging to life. At admittance, Sea Turtle Rescue staff found [...]

Our Amazon Wish List

Thousands of guests tour the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital each year and we are overwhelmed and grateful for the positive feedback we receive. After visiting the sick and injured sea turtles, many are eager to learn about ways to support the rehabilitation efforts, especially those who live out of town or out of state. We launched our Amazon Wish List over 2 years ago hoping it would give guests the opportunity to [...]

Trawler

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Caught by SCDNR research vessel off of Dewees Island

Arrival Date: 06/27/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 60.6 kg
Case History
This 123-pound juvenile loggerhead was captured by the SCDNR trawling vessel, the R/V Lady Lisa, and had an unfortunate encounter with a stingray that was caught in the same net. Although the stingray barb was small and did not break off into the turtle’s tissue as they sometimes do, it did puncture the [...]

Remley

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Remley’s Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Arrival Date: 06/22/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 2.4 kg (~5 lb.)
Case History
This little sea turtle is the second Kemp’s ridley admitted this month after being caught on hook-and-line by a recreational fisherman. A nearby resident safely confined this critically endangered species of turtle in a shaded kiddie pool until SCDNR arrived to transport it to our sea turtle hospital.
Treatment
Named “Remley” after his capture [...]

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