It costs money to keep an ailing sea turtle alive — $30 to $50 a day, to be exact. Since starting its sea turtle rescue program in 2000, the nonprofit South Carolina Aquarium has rescued and released 77 of the endangered ocean dwellers. It now costs the aquarium about $230,000 a year to keep the program running, and all of that money comes from donations, ticket sales, and fundraising events.
On Friday, the aquarium will host Shark, Rattle and Roll, a fundraiser to support its conservation and education efforts, among the multistory fish tanks on the west bank of the Cooper River. Proceeds will go directly to causes like sea turtle preservation and the Aquarium Rovers program, which brings animals like snakes, alligators, possums, and owls to schools.
The aquarium is home to moray eels, Spanish hogfish, river otters, albino alligators, and several species of shark. Biologists there are also involved with sampling rivers around the state for the robust redhorse, a fish that was thought to be extinct for over 100 years.
Shark, Rattle and Roll will feature live music from Emily Hearn, Occasional Milkshake (featuring Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish), and Ten Toes Up. Smoky Oak Taproom has donated barbecue ribs and pork tacos, and there will be $1 drink specials including, obviously, Land Shark Lager.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $20 for aquarium members. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday. You must be 21 to attend.
If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation, visit scaquarium.org.