Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Botany

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: In-Water Capture in Botany Bay, SC

Arrival Date: 05/29/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 49.4 kg (~109 lb.)
Case History
This 49.4 kg sub-adult loggerhead was captured May 29th by the SC Department of Natural Resources’ sea turtle research vessel, the RV Lady Lisa. The blood work and physical exam performed on board the vessel revealed severe debilitation and necessitated this animal’s admission into our sea turtle hospital. Our hospital is currently over capacity and we’ve had […]

The Sea Turtle Hospital Experiences Record-Breaking May

The Sea Turtle Rescue Program has admitted a record number of sick and injured sea turtles this spring. May and June are typically the busiest months for live South Carolina turtle standings, and the most our Sea Turtle Hospital has admitted in the past was six in June 2013. This year, we admitted eleven new sea turtles in May alone.

 

Our Sea Turtle Rescue team has been working around-the-clock to save these severely debilitated animals, […]

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 […]

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