A Scuttlefish Exclusive. Watch the Amazing Release of Two Charleston Sea Turtles Into the Gulf Stream – From the Water.

by Chris Dixon

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Above: one of two loggerhead sea turtles rehabilitated at South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program is released into the open ocean on April 10th. Photo courtesy: Jonathan Cummings and the South Carolina Aquarium.

Two loggerhead sea turtles rescued last summer have been rehabilitated, and were successfully reintroduced to the Atlantic Ocean on Friday afternoon, April 10th, 40 miles off Charleston, South Carolina.

“Lazarus, a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, was admitted to the Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital in June of last year after being found emaciated, lethargic, and near death in Garden City, S.C.  Blood work indicated the turtle was suffering from severe anemia, hypoproteinemia and hypoglycemia,” reports the South Carolina Aquarium. Despite intensive care, Lazarus remained in critical condition, and like his biblical namesake, was literally raised from the dead. Twice.

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The open sea and new lease on life. Nothing better. Screenshot from Jonathan Cummings.

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Screenshot from Jonathan Cummings.

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Screenshot from Jonathan Cummings.

“Dozer, a sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle was found extremely debilitated and stranded in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in September of last year. The loggerhead was transported to the Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) where s/he was found to be in critical condition. Dozer’s condition stabilized after several days of supportive care including fluids, vitamins and antibiotics.  After a few months of expert care and a healthy diet, Dozer became feisty, swimming and splashing around in his/her holding pool. After six months of care, Dozer was cleared for release.”

Watch the release of Dozer:

And Lazarus:

Our friends at the South Carolina Aquarium and wildlife videographer Jonathan Cummings were gracious enough to share this amazing video with TheScuttlefish. Lazarus and Dozer mark 157 threatened or endangered sea turtles treated and rehabilitated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The pair’s 40-mile ride back out to sea was generously made possible by Wadmalaw Island resident John Hill. The whole thing was shot with a tiny GoPro.— CD

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