Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Stranded 500-lb leatherback sea turtle rescued in South Carolina

By Harriet McLeodMarch 9, 2015 2:06 PM

By Harriet McLeod

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - An endangered 500-pound (230-kg) leatherback sea turtle was being treated at a South Carolina aquarium on Monday after wildlife officials made a rare rescue of the reptile found alive and stranded on a remote beach.

It is the first living leatherback turtle to be recovered in South Carolina and one of only a handful ever treated at rehabilitation facilities in the United States, said Jenna Cormany, a wildlife biologist with the state's Department of Natural Resources.

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