Seabrook Island residents are no doubt familiar with the wonderful South Carolina Aquarium in downtown Charleston, but did you know that the SC Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Care Center is the only one in the state?
We are fortunate to have this resource right in our backyard, and turtles like Bruce in the picture have found themselves stranded on our island. These turtles and others have benefited from care at the Sea Turtle Care Center. Click here to read Bruce’s story.
The ongoing pandemic has hit local businesses and non-profits hard, and the SC Aquarium, a non-profit organization, is no different. They recently announced that they would need to make cuts to Care Center operations and no longer take in cold-stunned turtles stranded in states to our north.
This cutback is tragic, but without help, it may only be the first of many cuts to the Aquarium’s programs. In September, the aquarium launched the “Our World Without” campaign, a fundraising drive that aims to save the Aquarium’s education programs as well as the Sea Turtle Care Center itself. If you want to learn more about the SC Aquarium, such as hours and programs as well as how you can help the Aquarium continue to deliver wonderful educational programs and life-saving care for our sea turtle friends, please visit scaquarium.org.
To learn more about Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol, click here.
-Submitted by Joshua Shilko, Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol