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Cape Romain - South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program

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"Cape Romain" has made incredible tracks for having lost a front left flipper. Just in the first two weeks he traveled over 400 km. This is just as we had hoped, but it is pretty terrific to have proof of just how well he can adapt after such a tragic injury. 9/23/08 "Cape Romain" has been in the Deleware Bay area for a couple of months now. As the waters cool, we should start seeing him move out for his winter migration. Stay tuned! 11/12/08 As we had hoped, "Cape Romain" moved out of the Deleware Bay as the waters started cooling for the winter. With only one front flipper, he wasted no time in getting back down to the Outer Banks of NC...impressive swimming Cape!


"Cape Romain" is a 130kg adult male loggerhead sea turtle that was admitted into the South Carolina Aquarium's Turtle Hospital on May 17th. The turtle was rescued from Cape Romain Bay with a crab trap rope tightly entangled around the front left flipper, cutting deeply into the tissue. The flipper was very swollen and infected and the turtle was quite sick from the injury. Despite hospital efforts to save the flipper, the limb had to be amputated. "Cape Romain" overcame this traumatic injury incredibly well and we are thrilled to release him before the season's end. SC Department of Natural Resources Sea Turtle Program and the South Carolina Aquarium (sponsored by BoatSafe Heaters, Inc) are partnering on this satellite telemetry project.

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  • This map connects positions generated by the ARGOS system designated as location class (lc) '3', '2', '1'. Locations that have been "filtered" are displayed as small red dots.
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  • Bathymetry layers are derived from the GEBCO One Minute Grid.
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  • Ocean currents and sea surface heights are derived from AVISO's Ssalto/Duacs Gridded Absolute Dynamic Topography & absolute geostrophic velocities data.

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