New beginning for 2 turtles

A comparison photo showing Jammer when he came to the Aquarium in April 2011 (left) and today. Jammer will be released back into the sea on Friday.

As part of Endangered Species Day, the South Carolina Aquarium will release two rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtles back into the sea at 3 p.m. Friday at Isle of Palms County Park.

Jammer, a 93-pound juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, was rescued on the Isle of Palms near the Windjammer beach bar in April 2011.

It was extremely debilitated, suffering from emaciation, dehydration and had a heart rate of only seven beats per minute when the S.C. Department of Natural Resources brought the animal to the Sea Turtle Hospital at the aquarium.

The turtle’s treatment included antibiotics, fluids, vitamin injections, barnacle removal and treatment for shell damage because of a secondary infection.

The second turtle, Hamlin Creek, is a 75-pound juvenile loggerhead found in Hamlin Creek, also on the Isle of Palms. The turtle was rescued in June 2011 and was suffering from severe dermatitis, dehydration and blood deficiencies.

It underwent some of the same treatment as Jammer, allowing it to gain weight while its skin healed.

The release is being held in partnership with DNR and the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. The event is open to the public. Attendees should plan to carpool, arrive early and expect to pay for parking.

For more information, go to www.scaquarium.org.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.