Sea Turtle Rescue Program

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 […]


Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: South Litchfield, SC

Arrival Date: 08/01/2015

Age: juvenile

Weight: 33.8 kg (~75 pounds)
Case History
Paddle boarders out enjoying South Carolina’s beautiful waterways came across this extremely sick and lethargic loggerhead in South Litchfield near Norris Drive. Luckily for this turtle, they contacted S.C.U.T.E., a volunteer-run nest protection organization that operates under the auspices of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). S.C.U.T.E. contacted SCDNR and arrangements were quickly made to transport this animal […]

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