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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Nala....first stranding 2019

Early Sunday morning call, last day of March 2019....NMB Dispatch,  "we have reports of a sea turtle buried in the sand."   Few minutes later, another call, this time from NMB Beach Patrol, " I have a sea turtle at the water line, tide is going out, taking turtle with it, appears to be alive."   Officer Stevens was asked to grab and hold the turtle for the Sea Turtle Patrol.  Sure enough, a good size juvenile Green Sea Turtle, covered in sand so looked like it had been buried.




This poor turtle was immediately driven down to the SC Sea Turtle Care Center.  Upon admission to the Center, the turtle weighed 16.9 pounds but body condition could not be evaluated until given a warm bath to remove dense, compacted sand from carapace.  After bath, the turtle weighed 13.4 pounds, losing 3.5 pounds of sand. 




Turtle was thin and lethargic but not in extremely poor condition. The turtle had a very heavy epibota load in addition to the sand. Her bloodwork was fairly good, but she was a little dehydrated so received fluids, vitamins and was started on antibiotics. Radiographs and CT images, some gas showing up in her GI tract. Prognosis appears to be stable



This turtle is named Nala, in keeping with the Lion Kings theme for the year.

more information can be found at:  https://www.scaquarium.org/nala/ 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Hagrid goes home

Hagrid was found in front of Beach Cove, 48th Ave S around 2AM by a couple  visiting from Vermont.  A severe thunderstorm had just passed through, it was cold and windy for an April 16th day.  The couple were looking for shells after the storm and found a big surprise instead.   Hagrid was covered with algae and other epibiota load covering the top of his head, face and front flippers which made his look “hairy.”



Per the SC Sea Turtle Care Center:  "March 15, 2019: Hey ho, way to go, Hagrid! Hagrid was released offshore into the gulf stream with Hagrid on March 14! Unlike our local waters, where the temperature fluctuates throughout the year, the gulf stream maintains around 70°F year round."

Hagrid was released 11 months after being admitted to the Sea Turtle Care Center.   


Tuesday, June 26, 2018


May 3....Stranding, Little juvenile kemps ridley, poor guy never had a chance.  Cherry Grove Section of NMB.   Large hemotoma on left neck, open wound on the neck, 1/2 cut on the nose.    Had been died a few days, skin starting to decompose.  Cause of death unknown




May 5....large juvenile kemps ridley found on Cherry Grove Beach......Appeared to have a head injury, lower jaw was messed up, left flipper entangled in fishing line which loosely lopped around head....This turtle was picked up by SC DNR for a necropsy.....







Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Clumby

On Oct 21, 2017, call came in from Apache Pier, we have a hooked loggerhead.  Sure enough, a large juvenile loggerhead,  This poor guy was in rough shape, missing a good share of its right front flipper.  The raw part of the injury was where the hook was located.  The turtle thrashed around and tried to dislodge the hook with its mouth.  Several attempts were made to net the turtle, using a large drop net especially made by the NMB STP for large turtles.  The turtle evaded the net, swam under the pier and broke the line.

Two days later, the turtle was hooked again, this time Anglers were able to bring the turtle up on the Pier, SC DNR made the 2,5 hour trip from Charleston to pick up the turtle and take to the Sea Turtle Care Center.

Thus began Clumpy's stay at the Center over the winter......quickly a favorite, the very active Clumpy was known to amuse with frequent splashes of water out of his tank....By April Clumpy was cleared for release, the stub of his front flipper healed....Clumby, now 142 pounds is released offshore on April 2nd.   


2017





2018





Some pictures from South Carolina Aquarium.


April 2018

April 2018 started off slow, the weather was colder than normal, very windy.  After several hours of intense thunderstorms, two visitors from Vermont and Upstate NY decided to take advantage of the break in storms and walk the beach, hoping to find some good shells.  It didn't matter that it was after midnight, dark, cold and windy.

They soon came across more than what they were looking for,  a large mound of sand high on the beach, investigation revealed not sand, but a large sea turtle.  As they were looking at it, it raised it's head to breathe.  Too cold, too weak to move, it just sat there.

Soon the NMB Sea Turtle Patrol was called, a 2AM trip to 48th Ave S, the turtle was quickly deemed to be suffering from cold stun as well as very sick.  This turtles head and neck was covered with algae, giving it the appearance of being very "hairy."  The turtle was quickly removed from the beach, out of the cold wind and rain.  Transported to the SC Sea Turtle Care Center where it was quickly named Hagrid after the hairy, Harry Potter character. 





"Hagrid’s body temperature was in the upper 50s and his heart rate was extremely low- about 3 beats per minute. Knowing his body temperature was low ahead of time, we lowered the room temperature so that Hagrid did not warm up too quickly. A blood draw was taken to better access his critical condition. ........Hagrid was  started on antibiotics, and calcium injections to help replenish the calcium lost due to debilitation. Hagrid was covered in a heavy epibiota load, and algae covered the top of his head, face and front flippers which made his look “hairy”. Once stabilized, Hagrid’s heart rate improved slightly, and he was placed in a waterbed made of foam and shallow low-salinity water to rest comfortably. Hagrid is the first DTS patient to be admitted this year."





Sea Turtle activity continued in April with not one, not two but three strandings called in on the same day.

April 25, The morning began with a call from Cherry Grove Pier, hooked turtle, we have it on the pier.  Quick run down to pier.....beautiful, large Kemps Ridley, hooked in flipper.....excellent condition, a little bump on the nose, the turtle was released into the ocean.  A huge thanks to Cherry Grove Pier for taking care of this turtle







Barley out of parking lot when NMB Beach Patrol calls, we have a dead sea turtle at 24th Ave S......Quick trip down to discover a large loggerhead at the water line.  Poor guy was in horrible shape, had been dead and floating for a while, bones exposed....




Later same day, another call from Cherry Grove Pier, another hooked turtle....This was another Kemps, hooked in flipper and plastron.  Again, was properly brought up onto Pier using a net, barbs of hooks were cut and hooks pushed out with minimum damage.  The turtle was released.....







Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 NMB Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Nests: 21
  In Situ: 2
  Relocated: 19 (90.4%)
  Inventoried: 21 (100%)
False Crawls: 9

Estimated Eggs to Date: 2483
  Eggs Lost: 28 (1.1%)
  Hatched Eggs: 2280
  Emerged Hatchlings: 2026
  Mean Incubation Duration (all): 54.8 days
  Mean Clutch Count: 120.1 eggs (Relocated Only)

Mean Hatch Success: 92.1%
Mean Emergence Success: 81.2%
Nest Success: 95.2%
Beach Success: 70%




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2017 Briarcliff Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Nests: 4
  Relocated: 4 (100%)
  Inventoried: 4 (100%)
False Crawls: 1

Estimated Eggs to Date: 544
  Eggs Lost: 15 (2.7%)
  Hatched Eggs: 437
  Emerged Hatchlings: 319
  Mean Incubation Duration (all): 53.7 days
  Mean Clutch Count: 136 eggs (Relocated Only)

Mean Hatch Success: 78.9%
Mean Emergence Success: 57%
Nest Success: 100%
Beach Success: 80%

Plus 1 nest relocated from Arcadian Shore Beach for a total of 5 Nests


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