A rare leatherback sea turtle nicknamed Yawkey has made progress since being rescued over the weekend after washing up along the Yawkey-South Island Reserve in Georgetown County, according to officials treating the turtle at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. The leatherback, an endangered species and the world’s largest sea turtle, is expected to be released within the next day or two, according to the aquarium. Sea Turtle Rescue Program staff is working with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to determine the best place to release the turtle. Tuesday’s activties included getting an accurate weight for Yawkey – 475 pounds – and a measurement of 4.5 feet. The turtle, which was lethargic when it was found, had low blood sugar when brought to the aquarium and is being treated with fluids and antibiotics.
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