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2 sea turtles rescued from Pawleys Island, treated in Charleston

The loggerhead sea turtles named “Pawley” and “Midway” were found on the very same day earlier this month. The loggerhead sea turtles named “Pawley” and “Midway” were found on the very same day earlier this month.
The loggerhead sea turtles named “Pawley” and “Midway” were found on the very same day earlier this month. The loggerhead sea turtles named “Pawley” and “Midway” were found on the very same day earlier this month.

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - As tourists cover the beaches for the summer season, so does their trash, and it's having an impact on area wildlife. Two sea turtles recently had to be rescued from the Pawleys Island area after both were apparently caused harm by human interference.

The Myrtle Beach State Park there are A number of loggerhead sea turtle nests are being protected in the Myrtle Beach State Park, and park ranger there said that the South Carolina Aquarium is seeing an overwhelming number of turtle rescues.

Two sea turtles rescued from Pawleys Island are some of the South Carolina Aquarium's current patients. The loggerhead sea turtles named “Pawley” and “Midway” were found on the very same day earlier this month. Volunteers drove the turtles to the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston.

There, Pawley was treated for wounds from being struck by a boat, while Midway was treated for ingesting plastic, such as grocery bags and balloons.

Ann Wilson, a Ranger at the Myrtle Beach State Park, says a sea turtle made shore at the park, but turned back when approached by too many people. It's Wilson's job to inform visitors about wildlife protection. She says incidents like this can be prevented with simple habit changes from beach goers.

"Big Trash, little trash - it all adds up,” Wilson said. “At the South Carolina Aquarium, they are finding plastic in the turtle's excrement. So plastic is a huge problem.”

When you see trash on the beach, pick it up to protect the turtles, many of which will be hatching in July.

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