Rare leatherback sea turtle rescued on SC coast

March 11, 2015 12:36 AM

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Rare leatherback sea turtle rescued on SC coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A rare leatherback sea turtle, nicknamed Yawkey and weighing an estimated 500 pounds, was being treated at the South Carolina Aquarium on Monday after being rescued on a remote coastal beach – the first leatherback known to have been stranded alive in South Carolina.

The turtle was spotted Saturday on a beach on the Yawkey-South Island Reserve in Georgetown County and brought to the aquarium.

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