When: Wed., July 31, 10:30 a.m. 2013
Looking to get out of your shell? Head out to the Isle of Palms County Park Wednesday morning and watch as the S.C. Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital, in partnership with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Charleston County Parks and Recreation commission, releases three turtles back into the deep blue sea. These now healthy turtles, known as Splinter, Raker, and Sutton, have been treated at the aquarium for a range of maladies. Splinter, a juvenile loggerhead, lost a fight with a swordfish and ended up with part of its bill lodged into his flipper. Raker, a juvenile green sea turtle, washed up in Myrtle Beach with an infected shell after a vacation gone awry. And Sutton, an 8-pound Kemp’s Ridley (one of the world’s most endangered species of sea turtle), got a cold-stun off the coast of New England and had to come down South to warm up. Plan to get to the park early — gates open at 8:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. release — and expect to pay $8 to park. Due to the popularity of recent releases, carpooling is suggested.
Mary Elizabeth Huggins