Released Sea Turtles

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 [...]

Mitchel

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head Island

Arrival Date: 05/14/2014

Age: Juvenile

Weight: 28.4 kg
Case History
The third sea turtle to strand alive this past week was found near Hilton Head Island, a location where a significant number of our sea turtle hospital patients have been rescued from over the past decade. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources transported this juvenile loggerhead to our Sea Turtle Hospital, where SCA staff were ready and waiting [...]

Nud and Miss Royal Return to Sea!

Two sea turtles were medically cleared by the Aquarium’s veterinarian, but coastal waters in South Carolina are still too cold for a beach release. With only two weeks to release them into the ocean, where do they go? In the warm waters of the Gulf Stream! Many loggerheads utilize Gulf Stream waters during winter months when coastal waters are too frigid for the cold-blooded reptiles.

On April 2, 2014, with the help of Kevin and [...]

Amelia

green (Chelonia mydas)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head Island, SC

Arrival Date: 01/08/2014

Age: juvenile

Weight: 7 lbs
Case History
Cold-stunned sea turtles are a fairly rare occurrence here in South Carolina; the majority of our patients are admitted due to negative human impacts such as boat strikes and hook-and-line capture. On January 8th, a 7-lb. juvenile green sea turtle was found cold and listless on the marsh side of Hilton Head Island (HHI) by a local family. [...]

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