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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bucket Full of Turtles!!!! Snapping Turtle Rescue

Major rain hits North Myrtle Beach.....Oct 2nd.....rainfall totals from 7pm Thursday - 7am Saturday. Over a foot in Little River

Major street flooding on Friday night, cars stranded as water level rises on the roads

Storm drains are over worked....Early Saturday morning call comes in from Lori, there are a lot of aquatic or land turtles all over the beach.  Quick drive down, sure enough, turtles are coming out of the storm drain pipes into about 2 feet of ocean water.....people are frantically watching for the turtles an grabbing them as the poor confused turtles try to get out of the deep ocean water.


Soon one bucket is full....

Two large bucket full of turtles.....14 in all
Taken to McLean

The bigger turtles immediately jumped into the water, the biggest one thanked me by taking  a chunk out of my knuckle
but that's OK

The smaller turtles were a little hesitate but soon ran to the water

Yes, fresh water!!!!

The smallest turtle, different from the rest,
Some sort of Musk Turtle?

Look closely at the nose

Tiny but I do not think it is a youngster, I believe a mature adult

Duck weather

But even some of the duck were tired of the rain

"I think I will wait here under the shelter until the rain stops"

Late day rescue....huge turtle swimming up and down the street....
22 Ave N, NMB


First look.....I am in trouble

Lok at that head, look at that tail

I do not want to mes with this guy.......

Only way to safely move the turtle, push it head first into the bucket


Quickly carry it to the nearby canal and release

Not a happy camper, but at least safe for now

stay in the canal and out of the street

Look at that tail, imagine stepping on this......

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