Florida Fish and Wildlife: Turtle Tales At Loggerhead Marinelife Center
By Space Coast Daily // December 18, 2015
sea turtles are among earth's oldest creatures
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is one of the wonderful partners that helps rescue, rehabilitate and release endangered sea turtles.
But it does much more. In fact, its emphasis is on conservation education.
The shiny, sophisticated facility even offers virtual field trips for classes.
Quite a few sea turtles end up in rehabilitation facilities with a “bubble butt.”
Because of an injury, like a boat strike, that causes its shell to become deformed and trap air, a turtle has to work very hard to dive for food or just get out of the sun.
Imagine trying to stay underwater wearing a very buoyant life jacket.
Sea turtles, which are among the oldest creatures on earth, have remained essentially unchanged for 110 million years; however, they face an uncertain future.
Illegal harvesting, habitat encroachment, and pollution (physical and light) are only some of the things sea turtles must face as each species struggles to stay alive.
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