Featured Image Credit: Gulfarium CARE Center
By: Sarah Sharkey
The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park has been serving the animals of its communities for decades. Over the years, the center has been able to help many injured sea turtles make their way back to the ocean. Recently, the park created a nonprofit foundation in order to help increase their potential for conservation. The nonprofit is called the C.A.R.E. Center, which stands for Conserve, Act, Rehabilitate and Educate.
The nonprofit has been busy helping sea turtles on recovery journeys since 2015. This season is already off to an extremely busy start. The number of sea turtles in rehabilitation has already surpassed last year’s numbers and the season is just starting.
Most of the sea turtles helped by the C.A.R.E. Center have injuries related to humans and our carelessness. As we head into sea turtle season, it is good to remind ourselves how to help these sea turtles out. The most important thing is to turn your lights off if you are near the beach because human lighting can seriously affect sea turtles in their nesting habitat. Another thing that can help sea turtles is to flatten out the sand on the beach, holes, and hills create unnecessary obstacles for sea turtles attempting to create a nest on the beach.
Hopefully, no more sea turtles will be harmed this season but the C.A.R.E Center is ready to rehabilitate them if disaster strikes.
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