Waties Island Nest Count

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Live Loggerhead Found on Waties Today

About 10 a.m. this morning, Debbie and Bobby Scott, sea turtle volunteers on NMB and Waties, were out fishing in Hog Inlet when they spotted a stranded loggerhead turtle up on the shore of Waties Island.  Initially they thought it was dead - very ill turtles can sometimes appear dead - but then realized that it was still alive.  It had been on the shore a while and was dry, so they got it down to the edge of the water to keep it cool.  Great job, guys!

We arrived with the kiddie pool to collect the turtle.  After speaking with SC DNR, it was decided to get it to the Sea Turtle Hospital as quickly as possible.

We covered the turtle with damp towels to keep it cool and drove to Georgetown where we were met by Lisa Scarano (a former CCU student and Waties Island volunteer) who is working for SC DNR this summer.

The yellow thing is a "turtle lifter" - it is easier on the turtle to be lifted with this than by picking it up by the carapace.  Lisa got the turtle settled in the crate and put ice in the corners to keep it cool for the ride to the hospital.

The next 24 to 48 hours will be important for this turtle.  Lisa will be checking with the hospital and let us know if the turtle gets a name and makes it to the blog site for the Hospital.

Thanks, Lisa!

Barb and Steve

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