Photos of the Incredible Leatherback Turtle Rescue

Wildlife experts rescued a stranded leatherback turtle in South Carolina on March 7.  The 475-pound (215 kilograms) teenage turtle was the first leatherback ever rescued alive in South Carolina. It took five people to lift the leatherback from the beach and bring it to the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital in Charleston.  [Read the full story on the leatherback rescue.]

The turtle was named Yawkey, after the remote beach in Yawkey-South Island Reserve where it was found.

Rolling the leatherback up a ramp into the aquarium hospital.

Biologists checked the leatherback for injuries. The turtle is thought to be between 10 to 15 years old.

Leatherback turtles are the largest of all turtles and can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms).

Yawkey the turtle received antibiotics to combat any infections.

After the checkup, Yawkey recovered in a small pool.

As of March 10, Yawkey was improving and regaining energy.

On March 12, aquarium staff prepped Yawkey for release into the wild.

The rare turtle was released on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

Yawkey was acclimated to the cool ocean temperatures offshore before the turtle's release.

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Becky Oskin covers Earth science, climate change and space, as well as general science topics. Becky was a science reporter at Live Science and The Pasadena Star-News; she has freelanced for New Scientist and the American Institute of Physics. She earned a master's degree in geology from Caltech, a bachelor's degree from Washington State University, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.