Three sea turtles to be returned to the ocean

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Three sea turtles will be returned to the Atlantic Ocean this month as part of the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Rescue Program, officials said.The public is welcome to come watch the release of Splinter, Sutton and Raker on Wednesday, July 31, at 10 a.m. at the Isle of Palms County Park. Splinter is a 60-pound juvenile loggerhead sea turtle that was caught onboard a research vessel. The turtle was taken to the aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital with what looked like a large splinter in the right rear flipper. Officials found out it was a bill from a swordfish.Sutton is a 60-pound Kemp's ridley, which is the most endangered sea turtle species. Sutton was found cold stoned off of the coast of New England and flown to the aquarium. A turtle is cold stoned after being exposed to cold temperatures for a long period of time. It results in the turtle having a decreased heart rate, decreased circulation and lethargy. Raker is an 8-pount juvenile green sea turtle that washed up on Myrtle Beach. Raker is named after the beach rakers that saved the turtle's life. The turtle had a shell infection, poor blood work, dehydration and a low heart rate.

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