On July 18th, the sea turtle team at Edisto Beach State Park visited the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium. We were shown the inner workings of the hospital and its many patients. Most of the patients were Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta). A few Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) and juvenile Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) were also rescued. There were a few young Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) as well. Many of the sea turtles were injured by boat collisions. A few were caught on fishing hooks. All of them were harmed by human impacts. Each turtle had its own diagnosis and medical treatment regimen. With the care and dedication of the sea turtle hospital’s team of veterinarians and volunteers, these amazing creatures will become healthy and will be released back into the ocean. The sea turtle hospital has seen many patients come and go throughout the years and with continued support, their efforts will be able to save many more sea turtles that desperately need our help.
Blog post by: Nicole Lynch, Sea Turtle Intern
Here is a vlog I put together of a couple inventories and the hospital visit from the 18th:
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