We have to wonder if turtles sometimes have a false sense of security. They've got these shells that are meant to protect them and act as a great hiding spot from predators, but they can't save them from everything. Bummer. Luckily, turtles have hospitals to help them out, like the S.C. Aquarium's Sea Turtle Rescue Program. And on Sat. Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. three turtles will be released back into the wild at Isle of Palms County Park.
Skully, a 70-pound juvenile loggerhead, was found stranded on a sandbar near Fripp Island. Biologists found that Skully's old wounds and been inhabited by marine leeches, and he was dehydrated, anemic, lethargic, and thin. Parker, a five-pound Kemp's ridley, was accidentally caught by a fisherman in June. He had been hooked and required antibiotics, vitamins, and injectable solids to help the little guy gain some lbs. The last turtle to be released is Crosby — a 9-pound green turtle. Crosby was found floating near Crosby's Seafood on Folly Road, covered in marine life and swimming erratically. After some antibiotics and solid food, Crosby's good to go.
For more information, visit the aquarium's website.