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Sea Turtle Day 2013 is March 2, 2013. The event is held at Gumbo Limbo in Boca Raton, FL from 10-4. There is a suggested entrance donation of $5 per person. There will be food, drinks, ice cream, free water if you bring a reusable water bottle, about 40 exhibitors, animal presentations, tours, tank feedings, facepainting, kids crafts, and a chance to get your picture taken with Luna! It is a family event which runs rain or shine. For more information, please visit Gumbo Limbo’s site.
A 7-foot leatherback sea turtles has been released off the coast of Cape Cod. It is not known why the 655 pound turtle stranded, but he was suffering from lethargy, low blood sugar, and an old flipper injury. The turtle was quickly treated (spent only two days in rehab) and was released. For more information visit www.boston.com.
Recently, turtle shells and severed pieces have been discovered in South Maui. A reward of up to $25o0 is being offered for any information regarding these turtle crimes. Read full story at KHON2.com.
Gumbo Limbo Nature center’s turtle rehabilitation facility is now up and running with a new medical team to assist turtles injured from boat strikes, fishing lines and infections. They are also allowing the public to view the facility and learn about the patients at the center. For full story visit www.sunsentinel.com. For more information visit Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
The city of Fort Lauderdale has recently installed turtle-friendly lighting along the east side of A1A, however, it has been determined that the shielding on the lights of the west side of A1A is not working well enough to stop disorienting hatchlings. The turtle friendly lights will remain lit while the lights on the west side will remain off until the end of turtle season in November. On an unpopulated beach, hatchlings would normally head toward the ocean because it is the brighter horizon (with the moonlight reflecting off of it and the dark dunes to the west), but because of the lights along populated beaches, hatchlings often become disoriented and head the wrong way.
On Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 10 and 11, Connie Versteeg of the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation will be giving 2 sea turtle talks at West Marine in Fort Lauderdale. Hope to see you there!
Unfortunately, the four new marine tanks at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center are still not complete. The first tank was set to be unveiled at Turtle Day in March, however, there were some issues with the structure of the tanks which delayed the opening. Gumbo Limbo hopes to have two of the tanks completed by the end of May so testing of the structure and water-quality can be completed before adding fish and other sea life. The tanks will consist of four habitats, a near-shore reef, a mangrove, a coral reef and a shipwreck. Read the full article here.