Rescued loggerhead returns to lay eggs +video

July 28, 2013 

After a nearly two year stay at the Sea Turtle Hospital at the SC Aquarium, Mama Pritchard was released back into the wild with a new lease on life.

The 326 pound loggerhead sea turtle was discovered in 2008 trying to lay eggs on Pritchard Island with two large gashes in her shell. During her stay at the SC Aquarium, she became a favorite attraction for visitors and turned out a large crowd to witness her release at the Isle of Palm County Park in 2010.

What has everyone excited today, three years later, is that DNA testing of eggs laid this summer on Pritchards Island show two nests to be her eggs, the aquarium reported this week.

Watch a video of her release in April 2010

Another sea turtle release this week

Three turtles that have been nursed back to health at the Sea Turtle Hospital are set to be released this coming Wednesday

IN CASE YOU GO:

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31

Where: Isle of Palms County Park

Notes: Sea Turtle Hospital staff recommends you arrive early (the parking lot opens at 8:30a.m.) Be prepared to pay for parking.

Map to park

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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