A Turtle is Not a Dog

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 . . .

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5 Responses to A Turtle is Not a Dog

  1. Jennifer says:

    Awesome that you got to do this. We just got back from our ten days in Florida too. Took a catamaran trip and saw some porpoises and turtles too!

  2. furfilled says:

    Yes – the turtle nesting season has started! I saw three turtles swimming off the beach when I took my kayak out for a spin. : )

  3. I like your first photo of the turtle. Volunteering for a turtle release is on my bucket list. My step-mom lives in Mexico and she got to release them with the locals last year.

  4. I’m with Jessica…that first photo is amazing.

    “Scuba diving trip to restore endangered coral in Key Largo”?! So cool!

  5. furfilled says:

    Thanks guys! The coral restoration trip was with the Coral Restoration Foundation (http://www.coralrestoration.org). I’m working on a blog post on this trip for TheWeekenderBlog.com. If you scuba dive, a friend of mine has volunteered on turtle satellite tagging trips with a group called Pretoma in Costa Rica. I was just admiring her photos from her last trip on Facebook.

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