Aquarium to Release Giant Endangered Turtle Back into Ocean

posted: 03/12/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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Yawkey, a rare 500-pound leatherback sea turtle, is being cared for at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital.
South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium announced Thursday that a large, endangered leatherback sea turtle under their care will be released back into the ocean. Weighing in at almost 500 pounds, the turtle was found beached near Gerogetown, South Carolina on Monday.

It's extremely rare for a live leatherback sea turtle to wash ashore. As such, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources promptly transported the turtle, nicknamed Yawkey, to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital for a medical examination. Yawkey was found to be suffering from low blood pressure; otherwise, the turtle's blood work was normal and its shell showed no signs of trauma.

In a news release, the aquarium admitted, "Sea turtles don't strand unless they have a medical issue and Sea Turtle Hospital staff remain unsure of why s/he stranded".

After three days of treatment and subsequent improvements in physical health, Yawkey will be released back into the ocean within 48 hours.

Click here for the full story from the South Carolina Aquarium


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