RESCUE. REHABILITATION. RELEASE.

When a sea turtle is found stranded or injured, SCDNR brings the animal to the Sea Turtle Care Center for treatment. Sea turtles arrive most commonly suffering from debilitated turtle syndrome, shock from being exposed to cold temperatures, or injury from a boat strike or shark bite. Our staff veterinarians diagnose each turtle and work with Care Center staff and volunteers to provide treatments and rehabilitative care. Patients are given IV fluids, antibiotics, vitamins and other medications. Based on the sea turtle’s condition, a variety of procedures may be performed, such as x-rays or ultrasounds. Rehabilitated sea turtles are released home in hopes that they will become reproductive members of the sea turtle population.

Turtle Teams Making a Difference!

Under management by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Turtle Conservation Program, more than 20 turtle teams, composed of volunteers, identify and protect sea turtle nests. To report a stranded sea turtle, please call the SCDNR Hotline: (800) 922-5431
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