Sea turtle takes flight to sunny south

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013

An injured sea turtle frm New Jersey is receiving treatment at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital after a donated flight brought the turtle to South Carolina. PHOTO PROVIDED

A private pilot from New Jersey donated his time and plane to transport a threatened sea turtle to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program for treatment. William Kindle, a board member for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, N.J., flew the 75-pound juvenile loggerhead to Charleston on his Cessna Citation II aircraft. The injured sea turtle is now receiving treatment at the aquarium sea turtle hospital, bringing the total number of patients to seven.

The loggerhead sea turtle was found in early September at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Forked River, N.J., missing the majority of its right rear flipper. Upon admission, staff at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center discovered that the turtle was not using its left rear flipper, essentially leaving it with no back flippers. The aquarium’s sea turtle hospital staff, having just released three sea turtles back into the wild, responded to the Northeastern sea turtle coordinator’s request to help the sea turtle with long term treatment. Rehabilitation for the turtle will include physical therapy of the paralyzed limb and cold laser therapy for the wounded limb.

The public can help care for sea turtles during recovery in the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program by going to scaquarium.org and making a donation. You can also find out more about visiting the hospital as part of a behind-the-scenes tour now offered twice daily, seven days a week, both schedule and more information are available online.

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