Rare Kemp's ridley turtle being treated at S.C. Aquarium

Sea Turtle Rescue Program manager Kelly Thorvalson (left), with assistance from intern Whitney Daniel, hydrates a juvenile Kemp's ridley with an injection at the S.C. Aquarium on Tuesday. A Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist brought the four-pound turtle to the rehabilitation facility after it had been hooked by a fisherman at the Folly Beach pier.

The sea turtle wouldn't quit swimming the tank, nosing its reflection in the plastic. After an antibiotic injection, it thrashed its flippers trying to climb the wall. Its cat bead eye said, let me out of here.

Not so fast.

"Taylor" became the first live sea turtle stranding on the coast this year to arrive at the S.C. Aquarium's sea turtle hospital, when a fisherman inadvertently hooked him from the Folly Beach pier last weekend.

The reptile is a curiosity. It's a Kemp's ridley, the rarest of all sea turtles -- seven species that are all considered endangered or threatened. Once thought to be a relative stranger to the East Coast, the Kemp's has begun to turn up more often. Taylor is also a benchmark of a sort, the 20th sea turtle currently undergoing treatment at the S.C. Aquarium turtle hospital, the most to be treated at one time.

Read more later at postandcourier.com and also in tomorrow's newspaper.