Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Quality Time Turtle Update at The Georgia Sea Turtle Center

MQTlogoa A Quality time visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

turtle1First Loggerhead Nest of the Season Found on Cumberland Island BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/12/2014)

Loggerhead sea turtles may be slow on land, but give them this: When it comes to the start of nesting season, they tend to be on time. Georgia’s first loggerhead nest of 2014 was found at Cumberland Island on Friday, May 9. READ MORE

DSC_0104 Now a visit to:

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The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island Georgia

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DANGER DANGER DANGER DANGER DANGER DANGER

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“Loggerhead turtles are susceptible to a number of threats, both natural and man-made. These threats include but are not limited to watercraft interaction, disease, cold stunning, predators (The main threats to Georgia sea turtles are nest predation by hogs, raccoons, and dogs,)  entanglement in passive fishing gear, incidental capture in commercial and recreational fisheries, light pollution, nesting habitat degradation and beach erosion.” READ MORE.. With problems like that you need a HOSPITAL FOR TURTLES… an integral part of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

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I would like to introduce you to:DSC_0146 Flounder

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I hope I’m not violating any HIPAA Privacy Rules LOL 

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“The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles, and we are the only hospital of its kind in Georgia! The Center is open to the public and offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion, where guests can view our patients and witness their recovery process.” READ MORE

DSC_0145 Flounders surgery was successful. Dr. Beau Sasser (human orthopedic surgeon) and Lindsay Erickson (surgical tech) donated their equipment and time.

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Meanwhile back at the beach:

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100_8837 I had to chance to talk with Katie an employee of the Sea turtle Center. Katie is from California and has a degree in wildlife management.Before Katie started working at the Center she had done some volunteer work in Costa Rica.

100_8848  Katie was putting plastic pipes in the ground  to measure water levels at the beach. Proper ground water levels are crucial for proper nesting and propagation of sea turtles.

DSC_0143 Joe Todd and Linda say, “Thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed your visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.”

MQTlogoa SORRY:::::

Q: What do you get when you cross a turtle and a flu shot?
A: a slow-poke.
Q: What do turtles use to communicate?
A: A shellphone!
Q: Why did the turtle cross the road?
A: To get to the shell station!
Q: What does a turtle do on it's birthday?
A: It shellebrates!

A Quality time visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

6 comments:

genie said...

What an interesting and informative post. Thank you for the effort you put into it. I have learned so much. Your pictures are wonderful and I have learned so much. Thanks for sharing.

Joe Todd said...

Flounder's release:: http://youtu.be/m3DQxk-djdo

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

These places do such good work -- thanks for featuring this one and the dedicated people who work there.

Marie said...

Poor little Flounder! I hope he's recuperating well now. What a marvelous place the Sea Turtle Center is! I know it had to be really interesting to get to visit! We had the honor of watching a sea turtle lay her eggs once. That was wonderful...wish we could havebeen there for the hatching and the race to the sea!

carol l mckenna said...

Great post and photos ~ I am always fascinated by the yearly burying of turtle eggs ~ miracle of nature ~ wish I was there ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Joyful said...

Wonderful presentation. It's great to see the turtle hospital in action.