Sea Turtle Rescue Program

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 body cavity […]

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 location, this spunky little […]

Lazarus

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Garden City, SC

Arrival Date: 06/07/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 32.4 kg (~72 lb.)
Case History
Emaciated, lethargic, and near death, this juvenile loggerhead stranded on the beach near Calhoun Street in Garden City. Local S.C.U.T.E. nesting beach volunteers assisted with the timely rescue and transport of this animal to our sea turtle hospital. Other than two old fish hooks embedded in the skin of the left front flipper and neck, this loggerhead did not have […]

Bay

Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)
Stranding Location: Edisto Beach State Park Environmental Learning Center fishing pier

Arrival Date: 06/05/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 4.8 kg (~11 lb.)
Case History
A fisherman at Edisto Beach State Park captured this small juvenile Kemp’s ridley on hook-and-line, an occurrence which is becoming more common as recent Kemp’s ridley population increases have brought more small juveniles into South Carolina’s coastal waters. This conscientious fisherman immediately sought help from State Park staff as the turtle had swallowed […]

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