Three sea turtles from the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program are ready to return to the sea! One green sea turtle, Crosby, one Kemp's ridley sea turtle, Parker, and one loggerhead sea turtle, Skully, will be released at the Isle of Palms County Park at 10 a.m., this Saturday, September 14, 2013.
The release is being held in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources(SCDNR) and the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC). The public is invited to join the festivities and are encouraged to carpool, arrive early, and are reminded that parking fees apply at the county park.
More on the sea turtles being released:
Skully, a 70-pound juvenile loggerhead was found by canoers stranded on a sandbar in Skull Inlet near Fripp Island in June. When Skully was admitted to the Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital, biologists discovered old wounds to his/her plastron which were inhabited by marine leeches; the turtle was also thin, lethargic, anemic, and dehydrated. The leeches were flushed out of the wound, and supportive care was administered. Skully is now back to optimal health and is ready for a return to the open ocean.
Parker, a five-pound juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle, was accidentally caught by a recreational fisherman at the Myrtle Beach Pier in June of this year. Upon admittance to the Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital, Parker was emaciated, dehydrated, and had poor blood work. Due to the location of the hook, the Aquarium's staff veterinarian removed it without surgery. Treatment for Parker included injectable antibiotics and vitamins, fluids, and plenty of food to help him/her gain weight. Three months after admission, Parker is healthy, strong, and swimming around the tank ready to head back home.
Crosby, a 9-pound juvenile green sea turtle was found floating near Crosby's Seafood on the Folly River in April of this year, the same night as the Aquarium's annual Conservation Gala. Captain Gresh Megget of Absolute Reel Screamer Charters called SCDNR officials after noticing the little green sea turtle swimming erratically and covered in marine growth. During Crosby's stay at the Sea Turtle Hospital, s/he received fluids and antibiotics, and minor carapace wounds were flushed and treated. In May, Crosby's buoyancy improved and s/he began eating a diet of fish and fresh vegetables. Now strong and healthy, Crosby is ready to return to the sea turtle population off the East Coast.