WATCH: Sea Turtle Preservation Society Takes Ailing Green Sea Turtle to Brevard Zoo

By  //  December 16, 2018

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found nearly motionless near the construction site of Cruise Terminal 3 at Port Canaveral

ABOVE VIDEO: Erica Schwarz of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society prepares to transport an ailing green sea turtle to Brevard Zoo after it was found nearly motionless in the waters near the construction site of Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3.

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Erica Schwarz of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society transported an ailing green sea turtle to Brevard Zoo after it was found nearly motionless in the waters near the construction site of Port Canaveral’s new Cruise Terminal 3.

Piledriving work at the construction site was halted temporarily last Friday until the sickly, algae-covered turtle, estimated to be about 5 to 7 years old, could be pulled from the water.

With Schwarz were Tina Nix, protected species observer with Rush Marine, the contractor building the terminal’s berth, and Blair Englebrecht, an environmental specialist at the Port.

Approximately 90 percent of sea turtle eggs in the U.S. are laid in Florida. Because of the huge number of sea turtles that nest on area beaches and that forage the Indian River Lagoon, a group of concerned Brevard County citizens, in 1984, formed a grass-roots organization to help protect them.

This group, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society was incorporated in 1986 as a not-for-profit whose mission statement was simply: “Helping sea turtles survive.”

Endangered green sea turtles, once on the brink of disappearing, love Florida beaches, and for a second time in the past three years they are setting records. (UCF image)

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