ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. — The South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program released a 110-pound juvenile loggerhead named Norris.
The release took place on the Isle of Palms at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 26. Officials say the release brings the total number of sea turtles treated and released by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue program to 189.
We’re told Norris was originally stranded on South Litchfield beach, S.C. in August 2015. The turtle came into the rescue program weighing 75-pounds, and when released was up to a healthy weight of 110. Norris was found by paddle boarders who were out enjoying the local waterways, they came across Norris who was extremely sick.
Norris was suffering from Debilitated Turtle Syndrome, which is similar to pneumonia for turtles.
It took almost a year to get the turtle back up to health. Treatment included fluids, antibiotics, vitamins, and treatment for a cyst.
The South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue program is expanding—this September and will break ground on “Sea Turtle Recovery” which is an expansion of the hospital. You can help with the construction of this exhibit, which will allow the Aquarium to treat more patients, by making a donation at scaquarium.org.
The “Sea Turtle Recovery” exhibit will open to the public next Spring.