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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


Kathy.....Large Live Loggerhead

Kathy was found by Horry County Sanitation workers early on November 1st, laying on the beach just above the high tide line in front of the Hilton, Kingston Plantation, in the unincorporated section of Horry County, just north of the Apache Pier.  SC DNR was quickly notified, SC DNR called NMB STP to investigate and transport to SC Sea Turtle Care Center in Charleston.








Kathy was a very emaciated, lethargic loggerhead, weighing 123 pounds.   Kathy was covered with puff mud and barnacles.  She also had a significant amount of leeches on her eyelids, snares and soft tissue around neck, flippers and inside of her mouth.  She also was found to have an old, healed boat strike wound on her carapace.   Kathy's rear flipper may have been affected by this boat strike, she has very little movement in them.  A December 1st CT Scan showed no severe damage to her spine.






Kathy also defecated two pieces of plastic........

A very sick turtle.......



 A HUGE thanks to Horry County Sanitation and Horry County Police for reporting this turtle.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Clumpy

On Oct 21st reports started coming in about an entangled large sea turtle just off the end of the Apache Pier.  A turtle was seen coming up to the surface in the same general location for a couple of days.  NMB STP made a quick trip to the pier but could not see the turtle.  SC DNR was notified and they called in the SC DNR Law Enforcement who came to the Pier on Sunday,  Oct 22,  two Law Enforcement Officials spent over an hour dragging the vacinity off the pier where the turtle was seen.  The turtle made one brief appearance as the boat was getting ready to leave and then disappeared again..




As the boat was leaving, call came in fron the other side of the pier, we have a hooked loggerhead.  Sure enough, a large juvenile loggerhead,  This poor guy was in rough shape, missing a good share of it's 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 it's mouth.  Several attempst 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.





Many bystanders claimed to have seen this turtle before, watching the turtle from the pier and feeling bad for the damaged flipper.  Some claimed to have seen it for weeks.

Then, on Wednesday, Oct 25, call came that around 9AM, the turtle had been hooked again, this time around the mouth and several fisherman had been able to net it.  Despite it's heavy weight, it was hauled up onto the Pier.  The NMB STP could not respond to the call so notified SC DNR who immediately sent two of their staff up to the Pier, a 2.5 hour drive from Charleston.




Thus begins Clumpy's journey in the SC SeaTurtle Care Center.  Clumpy arrived late in the afternoon, weighing in at a hefty 142 pounds, fiesty as ever.  Quick triage, most obvious wound was the missing front flipper, thought to be the result of a prior entanglement.  Although healing, marine leeches invaded the raw wound, causing an infection.   Radiosgraphs showed two broken hook fragments, one in injured flipper, the other in the esophagus.


Clumpy never lost her appetite and within days was eating well.  Shortly after arriving she did pass several pieces of marine debris including wood, monofilament line, fishing lures and styrofoam floats.  Her fecal matter also included different types of fish bones as well as a stingray barb.  It is felt she was hanging around the Pier a while, feeding on scraps and snagging on lines.

By November 1st, Clumpy was moved into the recovery area of the Zucher Family Sea Turtle Care Center.   Still active and very fiesty......a wonderful turtle


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