Large juvenile loggerhead to be released on the Isle of Palms

Botany, Courtesy: SC Aquarium

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Nov. 12, 2015 — Botany, a 120-pound loggerhead sea turtle, is preparing for a trip back into the deep blue sea. Following 5 ½ months of rehabilitative care by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program, this turtle has been given a clean bill of health and is being released today at 11 a.m. at the Isle of Palms County Park. The release is being held in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission (CCPRC). Attendees should plan to carpool, arrive early, and expect to pay for parking at the county park. This release marks 177 threatened and endangered sea turtles rehabilitated and released into the wild by the Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

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Botany, a 120-pound loggerhead sea turtle, was rescued by an SCDNR research vessel, the R/V Lady Lisa, in May. Upon being brought onboard the boat, Botany was found to be severely lethargic and in extremely poor physical condition. Botany was subsequently transported to the Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital where team members jumped into action. Preliminary medical treatment included intravenous fluids to treat severe edema, antibiotic and vitamin injections, and supportive care. As each month passed, Botany’s health improved and s/he became extremely active. After 5 ½ months of treatment, Botany was cleared for release and is being returned to the wild to aid sea turtle conservation efforts.

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