Two Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles Released on Kiawah Island

 

 

September 21, 2007...

The South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program released two Kemp's Ridley sea turtles on September 21, 2007 from Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island.  The aquarium names turtles after the area where they were found, so Edisto came to us from Edisto Island, SC, while Harbor was first found on Harbor Island, SC near Beaufort.  Both were juvenile Kemp's Ridley sea turtles (Lepicochelys kempii), and were caught hook and line by a fisherman.  The turtles have been living at the Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital for a couple of months.

Kemp's Ridley sea turtles are predominantly found in the Gulf coast but are known to migrate along the Eastern coast of the United States. If you see an injured sea turtle, please call the SCDNR Hotline (1-800-922-5431), so the turtle can be picked up by the Marine Turtle Conservation Program staff and transported to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program.  For more information, please visit the aquarium's website at www.scaquarium.org.

Photos courtesy of Kelly Bragg - click on a thumbnail to view a larger version of a photo.

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Arriving in style... in Tupperware! Waving hello to adoring fans
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One of the stars of the show Underneath a Kemp's Ridley

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