Although it is very unfortunate for a sea turtle to become stranded, it is something that occurs. This year we have had two sea turtle strandings, already two more than last year! Although it is rare we have strandings on our beach, I am trained to complete a stranding to protocol and have a permit issued by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR).
If you ever see a stranded turtle (dead or alive), on a South Carolina beach, please call the SCDNR stranding hotline at: 1-800-922-5431
I have created a video showing what we do in case of a stranded sea turtle. The video does show a dead loggerhead sea turtle, which may be upsetting to some viewers, so viewer discretion is advised.
Sea Turtle Specialist