By: Jodi Westrick
A rare leatherback sea turtle found itself on a South Carolina beach Saturday, becoming one of just a few live leatherback strandings reported in the United States.
The turtle, named Yawkey based on where it was found (Yawkey South Island Reserve) South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital to receive treatment, according to a press release. The turtle is a juvenile, under 10 years old, and weighs in at 475 pounds.
It is unclear how Yawkey became stranded. According to the same press release, during the spring and fall seasons, leatherback sea turtles migrate through South Carolina's coastal waters. They can currently be found nesting off of the Florida coast - a key reason why the Aquarium hopes to release Yawkey back into the wild within the next two days.