CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Three sea turtles, including two accidentally hooked by local fishermen, are set to return to the wild on Friday, October 14.
Oyster, Serp, and Ray will be released at 2:30 p.m. at the Folly Beach County Park on Folly Beach.
The release is being held in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC). Attendees should plan to carpool, arrive early, and expect to pay for parking at the county park.
This release brings the total number of sea turtles treated and released by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center to 205, there are currently seven patients still receiving care.
About the Turtles
Oyster and Serp: Oyster and Serp, both juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the most endangered of the species, were both accidentally caught by fisherman on Hilton Head Island and Edisto Island respectively. Luckily in both cases the fishermen knew to not cut the fishing line, and called SCDNR. The turtles were transported to the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital where the hooks were successfully removed. Supplemental treatment for the turtles included vitamins, antibiotics, pain medication and a healthy diet. After speedy recoveries, both turtles are ready to return to the ocean.
Ray: Ray, a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle was brought to the Aquarium in May after being stung by a stingray in the Charleston Harbor. Upon admission to the Aquarium, Ray’s neck wound was flushed and treated with antibiotic and silver ointments. Ray then received vitamins, fluids, antibiotics and pain medication. A few days after admission, the barb was surgically removed from Ray’s neck. After six months of care, Ray received a clean bill of health.
How You Can Help
If you find a sick or injured sea turtle, you’re asked to contact the SCDNR sea turtle hotline at (800) 922-5431.
You may also help care for sea turtles in recovery in the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center™ by making a donation at scaquarium.org.