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Charleston’s Most Unusual Hospital: Its Patients are Sea Turtles

Checking the progress of a patient at the Turtle Rescue Program of the South Carolina Aquarium.

  In the past year, 38 sick or injured sea turtles have been rescued or rehabilitated at the sea turtle hospital operated by the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, the only such facility in the state. In this edition of South Carolina Focus, we follow Turtle Rescue Program Director Kelly Thorvalson on a tour of the facility and learn from her and public relations manager Kate Ditloff about the planned expansion of the facility, which needs more space to handle the increasing number of injured sea turtles being brought to the hospital. The facility has an excellent record of healing injured turtles, but the iconic reptiles still face many problems in a changing environment.