Released Sea Turtles

Yawkey

Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea)
Stranding Location: Yawkey Wildlife Preserve, SC

Arrival Date: 03/07/2015

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 216 kg (~476 lb.)
Case History
Yawkey Wildlife Preserve staff discovered this large, lethargic leatherback stranded in the surf on one of the Preserve’s remote islands. This is the first time a stranded leatherback has been found alive along South Carolina’s coast, and this particular turtle was extremely lucky to have been observed as s/he stranded along an extremely remote and nearly inaccessible island. Our […]

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