The Charleston Sea Turtle Hospital had another release yesterday. There were two loggerheads released back to the ocean, marking their 200th release!
The turtles released were Marsh & Moon.
Marsh is a juvenile, weighing approximately 140 lbs. Marsh had an unfortunate encounter with a hungry shark. There were several bite wounds to all four flippers, with about a third of the front left flipper missing. Marsh had a speedy three-month recovery in the turtle hospital.
Moon is a juvenile, weighing approximately 70 lbs. Moon had a case of Debilitated Turtle Syndrome - emaciated from not eating for months, a heavy load of epibionts and algae (indicating Moon may have been floating for quite some time), and extreme lethargy. Moon was in the hospital for 5 months and responded well to treatment!
The information provided about the sea turtles was found on the South Carolina Aquarium website. You can ready more by clicking the link below:
If you would like to read a news article about the release you can find it by clicking the link below:
Sea Turtle Biologist