I just got back from a 10-day stay in Florida (hence the sporadic posts this past week). While I was there, I had the opportunity to visit the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, an education, research and rehabilitation center focused on sea turtles. I met its Director of Operations, Tommy, while on a Scuba diving trip to restore endangered coral in Key Largo. He kindly gave us a behind the scenes tour.
They do amazing work rescuing sea turtles who have been injured by fisheries interactions (hooks, entanglements), boat collisions, and other accidents. This guy was recuperating in one of their saltwater tanks. If you’re ever on the east coast of central Florida, I recommend a visit!
And while we were walking through the adjacent park after our tour, we happened to run into a gopher tortoise . . .