CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Aquarium released a rehabilitated sea turtle on New Year's Eve.
The release of the loggerhead turtle named "Price" makes it the 179th turtle released by the sea turtle rescue program.
"2015 has been the largest year as far as number of sea turtles released back into the wild by the aquarium," SC Aquarium officials said."Today's release happened 30 miles offshore via a large offshore fishing boat."
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According to officials, the boat and trip was donated by John Hill, a supporter of the sea turtle rescue program.
Price was spotted by Capt. Chuck Griffin, a sports fishing captain, at Price Inlet between Capers and Bulls Islands.
"Recognizing this turtle was in distress, he and the passengers on board carefully lifted this large sea turtle onto the boat," SC officials said."After making contact with the appropriate first responders at SCDNR for instructions and authorization, Captain Griffin transported this debilitated turtle to the Isle of Palms Marina where they were met by an SCDNR Marine Turtle Conservation staff member, who then transported this loggerhead to the Aquarium for medical treatment. This debilitated turtle, named "Price," was admitted the day after another debilitated loggerhead (Portia) currently in our hospital."
You can find more information on Price here.