Saving a Stranded Sea Turtle: The Importance of Conservation in Florida’s Turtle Season

Florida beachgoers find upside-down sea turtle, science center reports survival

A green sea turtle that was discovered upside down in Daytona Beach is now recovering thanks to the quick actions of concerned citizens and the efforts of the Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center. Kristi Williams and Nina Delaney turned the turtle right-side up before Volusia County Beach Safety transported it to the science center for medical treatment.

The turtle was in critical condition but still alive when Alyssa Hancock, assistant manager of turtle rehabilitation at the science center, examined it. The turtle appeared lethargic and emaciated, indicating that it had likely been sick for some time. The science center is providing the turtle with fluids and antibiotics, with a guarded prognosis for its recovery.

Summer is a busy time for sea turtles on Florida beaches, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). It is essential to avoid disturbing them and to refrain from using any artificial lights that can disrupt their natural behavior. If you encounter a stranded or distressed sea turtle, it is recommended to contact the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement for assistance.

By following these guidelines and reporting any sea turtle sightings or incidents, we can help protect these endangered creatures and ensure their well-being along Florida’s coastline.

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