Great News on "Bruce" - Loggerhead Turtle Stranded on Seabrook Island Last May

You may recall that last May, Lucy and Ray Hoover and Lauren Gilmer reported a live loggerhead turtle stuck under a tree on the beach. Bill Greubel, Terry Fansler and Sandy MacCoss responded to the report and were able to get the turtle into the Turtle Patrol Truck. The turtle was then transferred to the DNR truck and transported to the Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium.

 That afternoon we received a report from the Turtle Hospital that the male loggerhead had been named "Bruce". They thought they would have to amputate Bruce's right front flipper due to shark wounds.  He also was covered in barnacles, and lab tests showed deficiencies that needed to be corrected.  

 Here’s an update. Bruce is doing way better than expected! His flipper healed up without amputation and his health has improved tremendously. At this point it looks like he’ll be released this spring!

 Here is a recent picture of Bruce.

 We’ll keep you posted.

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Junior Turtle Patroller, Sarah Quinn, Collects Bikes for Children in Uganda

All of the children who participate in the Seabrook Island Junior Turtle Patrol are amazing kids!  They are willing to make a commitment, care about their environment and want to contribute to the community.  Whenever I get a chance to brag about them, I take it.  Sarah Quinn has been on the junior patrol for the last 3 years and she is an example to all.  When Sarah committed to Bikes for Kids in Uganda, she took it very seriously.  I am happy to share the article in the Post & Courier recognizing her contributions!

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/PostCourier/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=POCO%2F2018%2F01%2F01&entity=Ar00303&sk=8F76A602&mode=text

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Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol Wins DNR Award..... Again!

At the 2017 Year End Turtle Patrol Party sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol received the award for the highest number of reported volunteer hours worked on sea turtle conservation for the second consecutive year! These volunteer hours are matched dollar-for-dollar in grant money. This money ultimately pays for the genetics project and the DNR support staff who work each summer. It’s not too late to log your hours. It takes about five minutes, and you can log your volunteer hours for the entire season all at once!

This is the second year in a row that the Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol won the award. This year’s award was a hand-crafted Christmas ornament with a sea turtle hatchling charm inside. .

                     

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As you can see from following graph, Seabrook Island won by a large margin with 4,773 hours.

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 The Award was accepted by Terry Fansler, Turtle Patrol Leader, who represented Seabrook Island along with Lori Porwoll and Gayle Evans.

The award is a testament to all the hard work and dedication on the part of our Turtle Patrol Members. Many thanks to the whole Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol.