Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Celebrate World Turtle Day® with the Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium is celebrating World Turtle Day® on Saturday, May 23!

The annual observance was established by the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all tortoise and turtle species. World Turtle Day®  aims to celebrate and protect these reptiles and their disappearing habitats around the world.

We celebrate and protect turtles every day at the Aquarium. To help ensure that sea turtles have a future in our oceans, our […]

Sewee

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

Arrival Date: 05/16/2015

Age: Sub-adult

Weight: 56.8 kg (~112 lb.)
Case History
Diligent US Fish & Wildlife staff and volunteers conducting loggerhead nesting patrols on the remote, undeveloped beaches of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge came across this large sea turtle upside down on the beach at the high tide line. Since this animal was clearly in distress, FWS staff immediately righted the turtle and contacted the SC Department of Natural Resources […]

Socastee

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Fishing Pier, Myrtle Beach State Park, SC

Arrival Date: 05/17/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 24.1 kg (~52 lb.)
Case History
Conscientious fishermen at Myrtle Beach State Park’s (MBSP) fishing pier foul-hooked this small loggerhead in the front flipper. Upon bringing the turtle up with a large dip net to remove the hook prior to release, they noticed the turtle appeared to be in poor health and contacted MBSP Ranger Ann Malys-Wilson. His rescuers then contacted the […]

Barnacle Bob

Green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

Arrival Date: 05/06/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 3.2 kg (~7 pounds)
Case History
The amazing team at Ocean Watersports in Myrtle Beach have rescued yet another sea turtle! Last year they found McAdoo, a juvenile loggerhead that was suffering from both a boat strike and a shark attack and is still healing in our Sea Turtle Hospital. On May 6th, they observed a little green sea turtle getting tossed around in the surf. […]

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