Released Sea Turtles

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. [...]

Miss Royal

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: R\V Lady Lisa, SCDNR research vessel outside of Hilton Head Island

Arrival Date: 06/20/2013

Age: adult

Weight: 97.1 kg (~215 lb.)
Case History
Miss Royal, a 215 lb. adult female was caught on board the SCDNR research vessel the Lady Lisa, just off of Hilton Head Island. She was found with an old large propeller wound to the right side of her carapace extending through her right rear flipper.
Treatment
Since the [...]

Pluff

loggerhead (Caretta caretta)
Stranding Location: Hilton Head Island, SC

Arrival Date: 06/20/2013

Age: juvenile

Weight: 28.0 kg (~ 62 lb.)
Case History
This young loggerhead was found stuck in the marsh in Hilton Head Island. Affectionately named Pluff after the mud that is found in lowcountry marshes, the loggerhead was the third sea turtle stranding to be admitted to the Sea Turtle Hospital on June 20th 2013!
Treatment
At admittance, Pluff was very lethargic and had a [...]

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