SC Aquarium helps turtle stunned by the cold

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Turtle Hospital over at the SC Aquarium is helping a juvenile turtle recover from the record cold temperatures that hit the Lowcountry.Officials said when the turtle was admitted, his body temperature was only 45 degrees. They are slowly warming him up and giving him fluids, vitamins and antibiotics.Sea turtles experience stunning when they are exposed to cold water temperatures for long periods of time. Symptoms can include a decreased heart rate, decreased circulation, lethargy, shock, pneumonia and sometimes death. Sea Turtle Rescue Program Manager Kelly Thorvalson said cold stunning in South Carolina is rare and they think the turtle wandered away from the Gulf Stream where turtles are usually found this time of year.The Aquarium is currently treating seven patients of three different species of sea turtles. You can tour the Sea Turtle Hospital and visit turtles in recovery, Seven days a week at noon and 2 p.m.If you come across a turtle washed up on the beach or in a marsh, or not acting normally please call local authorities or DNR's wildlife hotline: 1-800-922-5431.You can also help the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital by making a monetary donation or a{} donation from their "wish list." Visit for more information.


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