On Sunday we went to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, just like we did last year, but this year we went to the Dr. Logger show where we learned so much about sea turtles. (He was funny, made the presentation interactive, and did a great job of involving the kids.) After that class, we looked at each turtle that was being cared for, and read many of their stories. The goal is always to rehabilitate the turtles and release them back into the wild. We visited the turtles that were growing stronger and the ones that were very sick, and we rooted for them all alongside the other visitors. With all the volunteers who share their time and knowledge, the center spreads so much awareness about sea turtles and what we can do to help them, and I’m grateful for what they do.
We were reminded about of the importance of keeping plastic out of our oceans, it can resemble food and the turtles often ingest it. Some turtles had damage to their shells from boats, some had swallowed fishing line (we saw an x-ray of a turtle with a fishing hook inside it.) For areas with sea turtles, we were told to fill in any holes we dig at the beach and to flatten sandcastles when we leave so that hatchlings can make their way to the ocean without getting stuck in the holes or having any obstructions in their way. We were so glad to learn that! We came away with a deeper understanding of sea turtles that day and really enjoyed our time there.