CHARLESTON, S.C. - At least Eddie didn't have to pay for checked baggage.
The green sea turtle found floating off the South Carolina coast almost two years ago took a Southwest Airlines commercial flight to Texas on Tuesday to his new home.
Eddie was found floating off Edisto Island in August of 2012 and was taken to the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. The juvenile turtle has a problem diving and cannot return to the wild.
Southwest Airlines donated a commercial passenger seat for Eddie and his crate. His new home is at the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine, Texas.
The South Carolina Aquarium treats about 30 sick or injured sea turtles a year. Eddie is the first to fly on a commercial flight.
Boarding pass for Eddie, a green sea turtle, for a Southwest Airlines flight on his way to Sea Life in Grapevine, Texas. The airline donated seats for the turtle crate þÄî too big for a single seat þÄî and three staffers. (South Carolina Aquarium photo)×