Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Two Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Return to the Wild

Two endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are back in the wild after successful rehabilitation by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The juvenile sea turtles, Prescott and Kingsbury, were part of a mass stranding event in New England in November 2014 where more than 1,000 sea turtles were found near death from hypothermia after a severe cold front hit the area. The two were flown to Georgia, along with several other sea […]

Maybank

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Bohicket Creek, SC

Arrival Date: 06/20/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 5.56 kg (~12 lb.)
Case History
This critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was found floating and unable to dive in Bohicket Creek on June 20th. For sea turtles, being stuck at the surface of the water leaves them prone to being hit by boats. In addition, the inability to dive is a death sentence as their primary food sources are typically located along […]

Lady

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Lady’s Island, Beaufort, SC

Arrival Date: 06/27/2015

Age: sub-adult

Weight: 43.3 kg (~95 pounds)
Case History
This severely emaciated sub-adult loggerhead was found floating in the water near Lady’s Island, SC. Boaters observed that this turtle was covered in barnacles and was not behaving normally; as such, they made the right decision to report this sick loggerhead to the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). SCDNR maintains a public hotline for reporting sick and injured […]

Belton

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head, SC

Arrival Date: 06/13/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 35.0 kg (~77 lb.)
Case History
This spring has been our busiest stranding season ever! This juvenile loggerhead sea turtle is the fifth stranded sea turtle we’ve admitted this month alone, and the eighteenth sea turtle we’ve admitted this year. Named “Belton” in honor of an elementary school in Belton, SC, that has helped many of our patients through their read-a-thon fundraisers over the years, this […]

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