Lorea Thomson
Posted by Lorea Thomson
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There is something for everyone at the Florida Oceanographic Society, from young to “young at heart”.  Take a scenic ride from the Jupiter area to Hutchison Island in Stuart, FL and see the 57-acre nature center.  The nature center is positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River.

This year at the Martin County Fair the Florida Oceanographic Society presented hands-on demonstrations with sharks, stingrays, turtles, oysters and more.   If you did not have an opportunity to get out seeing the exhibit at the Martin County Fair visit the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center and feed the resident stingrays, explore the “touch tank” and closely observe a feeding frenzy in the 750,000 gallon “Gamefish Lagoon”.

This nonprofit organization was founded in 1964 with the mission “to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy.  Some of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the United States are right here in South Florida. Florida’s warm waters, mangroves and seagrasses are the perfect nurseries for prized gamefish and sea turtles.  Of the five types of sea turtles living in the Florida waters, three of the sea turtle species nest on the South Florida shoreline.

Please visit the Florida Oceanographic Society Coastal Center and learn about these beautiful marine creatures and how you can protect their environment.


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