Healthy Loggerhead Returns to the Wild

In September, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, released “Magnolia”, a female Loggerhead sea turtle that was found stranded on a local beach last spring. Magnolia was discovered by a beach walker in North Litchfield, stranded on the shore near Magnolia Beach, and transported to the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, SC. Upon initial examination by the animal care staff at the SC Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital, Magnolia was found to be emaciated, anemic, covered in barnacles, and made little effort to move. Magnolia was given fluids, vitamins, antibiotics and her vitals were routinely checked until it was determined she was strong enough to travel.

Once Magnolia began to show some signs of improvement, she was moved to the Ripley’s Aquarium back in July. The Animal Husbandry Team at Ripley’s removed barnacles from Magnolia’s shell and conducted a series of blood tests and check-ups to ensure she’s was making progress.

The Ripley’s Aquarium staff worked alongside Charlotte Hope, a Wildlife Biologist with the SC DNR and Dr. Bob George, the Aquarium’s Chief of Veterinary Services to tag Magnolia and give her one last check-up before her release. According to Tim Handsel, Director of Husbandry at Ripley’s, “Magnolia was in need of a place to recuperate and recover. We have been very pleased with her progress, and she is now very active, eating normally and is ready to be released.”

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Ripley’s Aquarium Rescues & Releases Green Sea Turtles

In January, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, received 8 young, ‘Cold-Stunned’ Sea Turtles found washed up on North Carolina Shoreline, for care and rehabilitation. ‘Cold Stunned’ simply means – Hypothermia due to the sudden temperature drop in coastal waters. After 4 weeks of care by the Husbandry Team at Ripley’s Aquarium, led by Senior Aquarist Sean Boyd, the turtles have improved to the point SC DNR has authorized their release into the warmer waters of St. Augustine, Florida.

Updates directly from Sean of the sea turtles is on our Facebook Page:

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In January, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, received 8 young, ‘Cold-Stunned’ Sea Turtles found washed up on North Carolina Shoreline, for care and rehabilitation. ‘Cold Stunned’ simply means – Hypothermia due to the sudden temperature drop in coastal waters. After 4 weeks of care by the Husbandry Team at Ripley’s Aquarium, led by Senior Aquarist Sean Boyd, the turtles have improved to the point SC DNR has authorized their release into the warmer waters of St. Augustine, Florida.

“During their stay with us here at Ripley’s Aquarium, each turtle has received antibiotics, blood tests, weight measurements and constant observation to ensure their return to normal eating patterns and good health,” said Tim Handsel, Director of Husbandry at Ripley’s Aquarium.

The turtles were released today in St. Augustine, Florida at Washington Oaks State Park. The Team from Ripley’s Aquarium were there to ensure their safe return to the ocean.

“Turtles are very resilient creatures,” said Sean Boyd, “and important members of our marine eco system. If you discover a sea turtle washed up on the beaches of South Carolina, we ask that you please call the SC DNR Hotline at 1-800-922-5431.

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