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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

TWO Strandings in less than 1 week, same location

A good size juvenile loggerhead sea turtle washed up on the beach just south of the Apache Pier on Thursday,  May 12.  Poor guy was very emaciated, covered in barnacles but also wrapped in fishing line.  Front and rear flippers were completely bound/  Some well meaning bystanders had cut the fishing line off the turtle, not realizing the turtle was dead.   It had a large hook protruding from it's mouth.  NMB Sea Turtle Patrol was called in to investigate by SC DNR.  

Tuesday, May 16th, another call from SC DNR, a large turtle was pulled from the surf, almost same location as the Thursday stranding.  Again, a large juvenile loggerhead, very emaciated, covered in barnacles.  But this one was still alive.  Horry County Beach Patrol secured the scene and the NMB STP was called in to transport the turtle to the Sea Turtle Hospital.  Quick action by all but not quick enough for the turtle.  She just could not hold on long enough to make it to the hospital and much needed help. 

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