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      Sea turtle, bitten by shark, is now one of two turtles released

      KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- After months of rehabilitation, a Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtle are getting a second chance at survival in their natural habitat.The South Carolina Aquarium released the two turtles Thursday at Beachwalker County Park on Kiawah Island.According to a press release, the turtles are named Pier (a juvenile loggerhead who suffered a shark attack) and Grover (a juvenile green sea turtle). The Aquarium described the turtles being released: Pier: Pier is a 60-pound juvenile loggerhead sea turtle. S/he has survival skills many sea turtles would envy! At least one month before being caught on a fishing line off the Folly Beach Fishing Pier; Pier had a close encounter with a shark. The shark made a meal out of a large section of Pier's shell but despite the attack, s/he avoided losing any flippers and successfully escaped. Treatment included cleaning of the bite wound, antibiotics, and pain medication. Pier is being released two months to the day of his discovery, a speedy recovery for a sea turtle to get back into the open ocean. Grover: Grover is a 9-pound juvenile green sea turtle. S/he was found cold stunned in Cherry Grove, South Carolina on St. Patrick's Day of this year. Because sea turtles are cold-blooded reptiles, they become hypothermic when exposed to cold water temperatures for long periods of time. Grover's treatment included antibiotics, injectable vitamins, fluids and even sun baths! Grover is back to optimal health and will soon be flapping his/her flippers in the great blue sea.

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