In Juno Beach, mere yards from the Juno Beach pier, lies a small sanctuary dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of the sea turtles who call the beaches of the Palm Beaches home. Every year, they care for hundreds of injured animals who suffer from any number of maladies, and strive to nurse them back to good health and release them to the wild as soon as possible.
The building offers a way for tourists and locals alike to learn more about the conservation of ocean ecosystems, with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Touring the facility is free of charge, though a $5 donation per person is strongly suggested. They are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Of course, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is not the only turtle rehab facility in the state. Twenty-four of the world’s most endangered sea turtles were flown from Massachusetts to Florida recently for life-saving rehabilitation by SeaWorld experts. The critically debilitated, cold-stunned turtles are part of the overwhelming amount of stranded and endangered sea turtles impacted by the region’s oncoming winter weather, and were flown to Orlando courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.
The 24 juvenile sea turtles were originally rescued by the New England Aquarium and volunteers of the Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary at Wellfleet Bay on Cape Cod. The sea turtles were re-warmed and stabilized by the New England Aquarium at their marine animal hospital in Quincy, Mass. until they were ready for transport.
Sea turtle experts at SeaWorld spent much of the night conducting full health examinations on each turtle to determine health status. The goal is to provide a stable environment for the sea turtles to regain their strength, and ultimately be returned as soon as possible.
The rescue is a repeat of history, as last winter (November 2014) SeaWorld Orlando helped care for 72 cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles rescued in New England under similar circumstances. All of these turtles were cared for by SeaWorld and successfully returned to warmer ocean waters once they were rehabilitated.
For more than 50 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has helped animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. More than 27,000 animals have been rescued by the expert animal rescue team that is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at (888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.
All turtle return footage produced by SeaWorld under FWS Permit Number MA7701911 and FWC Permit Number MTP-16-035.
To learn more about SeaWorld’s commitment to animals and the environment, visit SeaWorldCares.com.