A Healthy Sea Turtle Back in the Open Ocean

Large Loggerhead Buxton fully recovers at the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

After almost five months of expert care, a 75-pound juvenile loggerhead sea turtle is once again swimming in the Atlantic ocean. Buxton was brought to the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program in January of this year along with two other loggerheads found on the coast of North Carolina.

More on Buxton:
Buxton, a 75-pound juvenile loggerhead sea turtle was found cold stunned near Buxton, North Carolina. Cold stunning occurs when sea turtles are exposed to sudden drops in coastal water temperatures. They undergo a hypothermic reaction and symptoms include decreased heart rate, decreased circulation, and lethargy all followed by shock, pneumonia, and in the worst case scenarios, death. Luckily Buxton was found and rescued and in an effort to help North Carolina facilities with the large number of cold-stunned sea turtles, the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program admitted Buxton as a patient. Initial treatment included antibiotics, fluids, vitamins, and a healthy diet. Buxton recently received a clean bill of health and was released Wednesday morning, May 8, 2013.

How to Help:
You can help care for sea turtles in recovery at the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital by going to http://www.scaquarium.org and making a donation. While online, you can also visit the Sea Turtle Hospital’s blog at http://seaturtlehospital.blogspot.com/ to track the progress of patients currently being cared for at the hospital. You can also find out more about visiting the hospital as part of a behind-the-scenes tour.

For all media inquiries, please contact Kate Dittloff at (843) 579-8660 or kdittloff(at)scaquarium(dot)org

About the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program:
In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program works to rescue, rehabilitate and release sea turtles that strand along the South Carolina coast. Located in the Aquarium, the Sea Turtle Hospital admits 20 to 30 sea turtles each year. Many of these animals are in critical condition and some are too sick to save.

According to SCDNR, over the last 10 years the average number of sea turtle standings on South Carolina beaches each year is 130. Of these, roughly 10% are alive and successfully transported to the Sea Turtle Hospital. To date, the South Carolina Aquarium has successfully rehabilitated and released 107 sea turtles and is currently treating 18 patients. The average cost for each patient’s treatment is $36 a day with the average length of stay reaching nine months.

About the South Carolina Aquarium:
The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston’s most visited attraction, features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 60 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents fabulous views of Charleston harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.

The South Carolina Aquarium, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is open Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Toddler’s (3 and under) free; Youth (4-12) $14.95; Adults (13+) $24.95. The Aquarium plus the 4-D Theater experience is free for Toddler’s, $19.95 for Children, $29.95 for Adults. The 4-D Theater experience only is $6.95 for Children and adults, and free for Members. For more information call 843-720-1990 or visit scaquarium.org. Memberships are available by calling 843-577-FISH.

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