Rehabilitated Sea Turtle Released Back to Ocean

Source: South Strand News/Eileen Keithly September 12, 2016 in Adventure

Photo: NOAA

Encouraged by hundreds of well-wishers at Huntington Beach State Park on Sept. 10, Magnolia the sea turtle left her holding box and returned home to the Atlantic Ocean after months of rehabilitation at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston and Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach.

After being discovered by a beach walker on North Litchfield Beach in Pawleys Island last spring, the adult female loggerhead turtle was originally transported to the SCA and examined by the animal care staff at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital.

SCASTH officials said the approximately 30-year-old turtle was emaciated, anemic, covered in barnacles and made little effort to move when she arrived in Charleston. She was given fluids, vitamins, antibiotics and her vitals were routinely checked.

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