SC Aquarium releases 3 sea turtles on Kiawah Island

Murray's release (SC Aquarium)

By Sandra

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - The South Carolina Aquarium released three more sea turtles back into their natural habitat.

The release happened Wednesday at Beachwalker County Park on Kiawah Island. The three turtles, named Dewees, Murray and Hook, have been undergoing treatment at the aquarium's sea turtle hospital.

Dewees is a 90 pound juvenile loggerhead sea turtle that was found floating in Dewees Inlet near Charleston last April suffering from hunger, dehydration and anemia. With the help of antibiotics, fluids, vitamin injections and a healthy diet, Dewees gained 15 pounds and is ready to return to the ocean.

The other two turtles, Hook and Murray, are both juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtles that were accidentally caught by recreational fishermen. Hook was caught off Myrtle Beach State Park while Murray was caught off Edisto Island.

They were both suffering from the same injury: both turtles had swallowed the fishermen's hooks. In both cases, the hooks were removed by staff veterinarian, Dr. Shane Boylan, who was able to do so with the turtles lightly anesthetized.

"All three cases involve people making the decision to help these turtles out," said Kelly Thorvalson, the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program Manager. "It's a testament to the importance of community involvement in sea turtle conservation."

*The Associated Press contributed to this report