Year’s first sea turtles to be released at Isle of Palms

In this 1997 file photo, a sea turtle kicks up sand on its way back to the ocean after laying eggs on Cape Island.

As the first loggerhead nests of the season are being laid, the first three rehabilitated sea turtles of the season will crawl their way down the beach back to the sea.

The South Carolina Aquarium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources on May 23 are scheduled to release two young loggerheads and a rare Kemp’s ridley. The release takes place at 4 p.m. at Isle of Palms County Park.

Two of the turtles suffered cold stunning. One was entangled in lines. The aquarium releases turtles as they recover, during months when ocean temperatures are warm enough. The three are among 21 turtles are now in treatment at the aquarium.

Meanwhile, the first two loggerhead nests of the season have been laid at Kiawah Island and Botany Bay Plantation, according to the DNR website.