Sick Sea Turtles on the Way

Carolina has some fun!This sounds familiar. From the Charleston Post and Courier, November 4: “Sick sea turtles on the way.”

According to this article from Sylvan Dell’s local area newspaper, “Three sick sea turtles took to the air from New England this morning and are expected to arrive in Charleston at about 3 p.m. after bad weather earlier this week postponed the flight. The loggerhead and two Kemp’s Ridley turtles are leaving the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center at the University of New England in Bibbleford, Maine, and coming to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital. The turtles were stunned by cold waters in the North Atlantic last year. They need longer term care, and the hospital there needs to make room for a new batch of sea creatures.”

Hmm. Why does this sound familiar to Sylvan Dell? Because we have an award-winning book about this same topic! Carolina’s Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick, Too follows the photo journal of Carolina, a critically ill loggerhead sea turtle, as she is cared for and nursed back to health at the Sea Turtle Hospital of the South Carolina Aquarium. Just like hospitalized children, Carolina goes through a variety of emotions and procedures during her care and recovery process. When she first arrives at the hospital, she is too sick, weak, and confused to understand what is happening. She has blood drawn, x-rays taken, gets shots, and is fed through an IV…just as ill children may be! As she gains strength, she begins to interact with her caregivers and to, begrudgingly, understand that they are really trying to help. Join her as she interacts with her many caregivers and her sick or injured roommate turtles.

More from the Post and Courier: “The Kemp’s Ridley turtles are an endangered species; the loggerhead is a threatened species. ‘Cold stuns’ are an endemic problem for sea turtles when weather changes too fast for them to migrate farther south. They become lethargic and eventually can quit moving and eventually die or be stuck by boats. The loggerhead is trying to regrow bone and scutes after its shell was torn. The Kemp’s Ridleys have pneumonia and a complication called steatits, or yellow fat disease. The loggerhead will be treated at the South Carolina Aquarium; the Kemp’s Ridleys at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.”

Read more about the Sea Turtle Rescue Program at the South Carolina Aquarium HERE. And see pictures from Sylvan Dell’s Carolina’s Story at the book homepage, Have a wonderful weekend, and don’t forget that Saturday is National Bookstore Day!


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