Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Boyles

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Found floating in Folly River

Arrival Date: 07/17/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 45.0 kg (~100 lb.)
Case History
This juvenile loggerhead was found by local fishermen, Bruce Humbert and Jimmy Walsh, as they returned to Folly boat landing from an afternoon of fishing. These gentlemen are not new to sea turtles in coastal waters this time of year so they easily recognized that the loggerhead was unable to dive and extremely lethargic. They [...]

Buck

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Buck Hall boat landing, McClellanville, SC

Arrival Date: 07/20/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 34.3 kg (~75 lb.)
Case History
This juvenile loggerhead was found lethargic and floating by Buck Hall boat landing in McClellanville, SC by a recreational fisherman who contacted the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Michelle Pate, Sea Turtle Coordinator from SCDNR, transported the animal to the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital for examination and medical treatment.
Treatment
Upon arrival, staff [...]

Blu

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Folly Beach Fishing Pier

Arrival Date: 07/11/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 4.0 kg (~9 lb.)
Case History
This young Kemp’s ridley was caught on hook and line by a pier fisherman on the evening of July 11. The turtle swallowed the hook so the fisherman was unable to remove it himself. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was contacted so the endangered sea turtle could be transported to the Aquarium’s Sea [...]

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 [...]

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