While technically outside of the Central Florida Photo Ops area, this week’s post comes to you from the Loggerhead Marinelife Center down in Juno Beach, FL. The Center is a turtley awesome 12,000 square foot non-profit education and ocean conservation facility with a veterinary hospital, exhibit, outdoor classroom, research lab, resource center, and – my favorite – a really great gift shop (you don’t have to feel guilty leaving with souvenirs, it’s all for a great cause!).
Loggerhead Marinelife Center facility
For the second year in a row (now a tradition!), some of the family headed down to meet Pumpkin, the green sea turtle patient I adopted this Christmas for my sister-in-law Sara. Pumpkin was stranded at Palm Beach, FL and arrived to the Marinelife Center on November 2. The victim of a net entanglement, Pumpkin has an injury to its left front flipper and hasn’t been eating well. However, Pumpkin seemed active and in good spirits when we visited, and we can keep tabs on his progress (and hopefully eventual release date) through his patient page on the Center website.
Pumpkin, Sara’s green sea turtle adoptee
The main section of the facility has six large glass-front tanks where you can watch the turtles from the top or get a “fish eye” view from the front. We really flipped out over our two new friends: Squash and Nicklen were really shelling it out for the cameras!
Heros In A Half Shell: Turtle Power!
Squash was squishing against the glass to see us!
You can also watch the vet staff interact with and treat the turtles. In the picture below, they were draining the water in Waffle’s tank for a disinfectant treatment on its flipper. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is great with education and makes the turtles very accessible to watch and learn about – you can also watch the vet staff in the turtle hospital through their large front windows.
Waffle prepares for his disinfectant treatment
The Center is a wonderful place for kids and adults alike – whether you visit in person, attend a turtle release, or check out their Turtle Cam, there are lots of ways to learn about these gentle giants. And if you’re looking for a last-minute 2016 charitable deduction, then consider donating or even adopting your own! You can help the Loggerhead Marinelife Center rehabilitate and release even more endangered sea turtles.
- Thanks, MK for another great write up!
- If you’re interested in sea turtles and conservation efforts you may enjoy this post from 2013 about watching Loggerheads laying eggs on the beach.
- MK has more photos from the Center in her album on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marykate/albums/72157674425905743.
- Ed has more photos in this album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrosack/albums/72157678223520825
- Also, we seem to be having a problem with the blog search function. I’m looking into it and will fix as soon as possible.
Thanks for stopping by and reading the blog. Now go save some turtles – and make some photos!
Don’t get thrown in the tank during your New Years SHELLebration!!
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