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Kerry Egan



Sea Turtle release Tuesday on Kiawah Island

Posted 6/17/2013 4:38:00 PM

So exciting! The South Carolina Aquarium is releasing seven sea turtles into the ocean Tuesday, and everyone is welcome to come watch. The seven, all Kemp's ridley sea turtles, were cold-stunned off the coast of New England last winter and needed care and rehabilitation at the Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital. Now they're ready to go home.

(On a personal note, as someone who once swam regularly off the coast of Cape Cod, I can vouch for how stunningly cold the Atlantic can be in New England, even in the height of summer!)

I spoke with the aquarium, and they said this is a truly kid-friendly event. At previous releases, children lined the beach lane the turtles waddled down toward the ocean and cheered. And what's not to cheer?

If you want to be there to see this amazing and joyful sight, head to Beachwalker County Park on Kiawah Island at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18. The event is free, but parking at the park is $8 per car. For more information, click here.