#Conservationcorner - After each beach and underwater cleanup, Loggerhead Marinelife Center sorts and analyzes the trash collected. In the six cleanups performed in June, 7,077 individual pieces of trash were removed from the beach- and 85% was made of plastic.
The strangest objects found were an Apple watch, an octopus trap, and a lawn flamingo!
Happy Saturday! How are you enjoying the weekend? If you are in the area be sure to stop by and visit our sea turtle patients! Check out all the programs we have going on at marinelife.org/calendar
Did you know our research team at LMC monitors our 9.5 mile stretch of beach every night during nesting season?! Our team tags our nesting sea turtles as well as take measurements of the carapace and samples of their blood for various research studies! Our current sea turtle nesting totals are 148 leatherbacks, 5,080 loggerheads, and 54 greens. #researchatLMC#nestingseason
TURTLE RELEASE ALERT! After about 4 months of rehabilitation and loving care at our sea turtle hospital, Guy Harvey is healthy enough to return home! The turtle is named in honor of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, Dr. Guy Harvey, friend of Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Come out to Loggerhead Park right behind our center on Wednesday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. to cheer Guy Harvey on and say goodbye!
Turtle Release!! Today we released Finnigan, the patient arrived in March with fishing line entangled around it's neck and front flippers. The areas became infected from the fishing line as well. Since being treated at our hospital all wounds have healed and Finnigan was ready to return home! Bye bye Finnigan! #seaturtlehospital#seaturtlerelease#releaseatlmc
Our Biologist Beach Walk program is a unique opportunity to witness what our research team does first hand! You will be lead on an ecological walk on the beach, identify sea turtle tracks, and watch a demonstration on how a sea turtle nest is excavated for data collection! Register: marinelife.org/beachwalks #researchatlmc#biologistbeachwalk
Thank you to everyone who came out to Run 4 The Sea this weekend! It was a great turnout and we are so happy to see the community come together to support sea turtle and ocean conservation! We had a great run! See you next year! #run4thesea#saveouroceans
#conservationcorner - Yesterday, Loggerhead Marinelife Center held our 7th Annual Run 4 The Sea, and this year's event was plastic free! By only offering boxed water to runners, 1,200 plastic water bottles were prevented from being used, discarded, and potentially entering the ocean.
The US alone discards 50 billion plastic water bottles every year, and only 23% of these bottles are actually recycled.
So, when exercising or just going out in the summer heat, be sure to remember your reusable water bottle to prevent the need to buy a single-use plastic one! #plasticfree#noexcuseforsingleuse#planetorplastic#betterplanet
Happy World Sea Turtle Day!! On June 16 we celebrate sea turtles and think about what fascinating animals they are! Celebrate by thinking of ways you can help! Join a beach cleanup, adopt a patient at LMC and stop using single-use plastic! #worldseaturtleday#plasticfree
Who else is excited for the weekend?! We are!! Tomorrow is World Sea Turtle Day and our Run 4 The Sea Event. We are also excited to celebrate dad this weekend! Have hope everyone has a turtley awesome weekend!
TURTLE RELEASE! Today we released two patients, Moonbeam and Lil' Buddy! Moonbeam arrived in the beginning of May with an intestinal issue and Lil' Buddy arrived in January, Chronic Debilitated. After treatment in our hospital both turtles were ready to go home! (p.s. who doesn't mind falling a little for turtles) #seaturtlehospital#seaturtlerelease#rescuetorelease
Did you know sea turtles can receive nebulization treatments? A nebulizer is used to deliver medications in the form of mist that can be inhaled to target infections in the lungs. Timing breaths can be very difficult with sea turtles as they can hold their breath for long periods of time. Our rehabilitation staff created a nebulizer chamber to successfully deliver the medication. When working with wildlife, thinking outside the box is often required! We are currently using this treatment on our patient named after @guyharvey! Radiographs reveal that Guy Harvey's lungs have improved greatly with the nebulization! #seaturtlehospital#seaturtlehospitalatLMC