Sunday, August 31, 2014
Stranding on Myrtle Beach-Live Transport
Around 6PM on Tuesday, August 26, SC DNR called with a report of a live stranding on Myrtle Beach, 3 Ave S. Transport needed to Sea Turtle Hospital in Charleston.
Poor thing, front right flipper was badly damaged. Old wound, bone exposed.
Shark Bite? Boat Strike?
3 Myrtle Beach Beach Patrol Officers watched over
this turtle until helped arrive
Taken off the beach to a waiting car, carried in a large tarp to protect carapace
Arrival in SC Sea Turtle Hospital
Triage team is waiting and start working immediately
Pictures are taken
This little guy is in a lot of pain, pain killers are administered
Heart beat, very slow and irregular
Lets hope for the best for this little turtle, very young juvenile, only about 50 pounds
Not only is flipper badly damaged, jaw is also compromised, missing section of
upper jaw with a barnacle settling into the void, indicating wound
is about 2 months old. Later exam reveals damage to hind flipper as well as
A hug thanks to the 3 Myrtle Beach Beach Patrol Officers and to any and all
who helped this poor turtle while on the beach.
A big thanks to NMB Sea Turtle Patrol Volunteer Maddy who helped transport to
Charleston. A 5 hour round trip, she kept me awake while driving the long, empty road,
arriving back in NMB after 1 AM
Updates as they become available.
Posted by NMB Sea Turtle Patrol at 11:46 AM