Meet Jo the Sea Turtle

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Jo the sea turtle

Photo credit: South Carolina Aquarium

As part of our support and sponsorship of the South Carolina Aquarium, we’re honored to do our part in
protecting sea turtles here in our local waters. Jo, (can you guess who chose the name?) was caught on
a hook and line and was stranded on Hilton Head Island until arriving at the South Carolina Aquarium for care on
September 5th, 2022. Jo is a juvenile Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, weighing only 6.3 pounds upon arrival, and was described to be “spicy” and in good spirits by the Aquarium team. After a special procedure to remove the hook, Jo is
now in Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™ at the Aquarium until Jo is well enough to be
released back into South Carolina waters.

The morning after the surgery, Jo was bright and alert and given a swim test before being moved into a tank.  Jo also received fluids and an anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce swelling from the hook trauma. Once in a tank, Jo began swimming and diving normally. Jo was then fasted for a few days to allow time for the throat and esophagus to heal before being offered food. In the interim, Jo received fluids to help keep hydrated and pain management drugs to ensure comfort.

By mid-October, Jo has been eating like a champ and has been active. Jo has also finished the last round of antibiotic injections and is now located in the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™ at the South Carolina Aquarium.  Go visit Jo swimming in and out of their tank!

Join us in wishing Jo well by sending get-well messages, photos, and videos on Instagram @charleston_coffee and @southcarolinaaquarium #JoTheSeaTurtle! To continue tracking Jo’s recovery and eventual release, visit https://scaquarium.org/jo/

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To celebrate Jo, we’re offering a Jo the Plush Sea Turtle online, complete with Jo’s full story.

Jo the plush sea turtle

Jo the Plush Sea Turtle + Logo Bistro Mug

Perfect for stocking stuffers and for animal lovers, this adorable soft plush is available packaged with our Charleston Coffee Roasters logo mug or on its own.  We hope you’ll commemorate Jo’s story with us as we support this important environmental work in our local community in partnership with the South Carolina Aquarium.  Every purchase of Charleston Coffee Roasters, including the Aquarium Blend, supports this effort.