SC Aquarium releases two sea turtles back into ocean after treatment

SC Aquarium releases two sea turtles back into ocean after treatment

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Lady and Forest, a pair of sea turtles treated at the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Rescue program, are back in the ocean.

The turtles were released at the Isle of Palms County Park Thursday after they were rehabilitated at the aquarium's facility.

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Lady, an adult female loggerhead turtle, was found last summer debilitated and floating near Lady's Island. Sea Turtle Hospital staffers said Lady weighed just 95 pounds, was severely emaciated and lethargic and suffered from bilateral cataracts.

After treatment that included cataract surgery, her weight increased to more than 140 pounds and she was able to see well enough to chase blue crabs around her tank, according to a release from the aquarium.

Forest, a juvenile green sea turtle, was found by a group of girls biking at Forest Beach on Hilton Head in April.

The girls saw spots of blood near the turtle and determined it was not moving. Hospital staffers spotted several abrasions and lacerations consistent with a shark attack and determined it also had an intestinal impaction.

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