Image Courtesy of Trekaroo and Loggerhead Marinelife Center
A special part of south Florida’s ecosystem is found in our sea turtle population. Sea turtles are a beautiful and often threatened. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a one of a kind facility that takes great price in keeping our turtle population strong!
Each year around 200,000 visitors make way to the Marinelife center. If you haven’t seen it, this summer is the perfect time for you to check out the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida. The new facility is a 12,000 square foot, certified green establishment. Some of the species of sea turtles you will see at the Loggerhead Marinelife center includes: Green turtles, Kemps Ridley turtles, Loggerheads and Leatherbacks.
The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is the only sea turtle hospital between the Florida Keys and Orlando. The team of dedicated volunteers, resident veterinarians and researchers helps take care of injured sea turtles. With the team’s tender love and rehabilitation these turtles get a fighting chance at survival when they are re-released into the wild. The Marinelife Center is chockfull of fun and educational things to do with your friends and especially your kids or grandchildren.
There are a number of great programs for kids including the “Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp.” At this camp kids will partake in activities such as hospital visits, nesting simulations, demonstrations by sea turtle researchers, snorkeling excursions and more. The camp is centered on educating our future generations about the conservation and ecology of our turtles. Visitor Experiences are offered including guided tours of the beaches and dunes. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon you can enjoy watching live fish feedings. There are several salt-water tanks with tons of tropical fish, live corals and anemones. Turtle feedings and turtle walks are very popular among the Marinelife Center guests as well. The turtle walks allow visitors to experience the nesting and egg-laying process of the sea turtles, a rare and miraculous site!
The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open 7 days a week and admission is always free, but donations are greatly appreciated by the staff and the turtles! For more information about it visit the website: http://www.marinelife.org/