Monday, January 12, 2009

Get Back In Touch With The Turtles

If you are looking for a low-cost educational place to travel to, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center might just be the place for you. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 12, and $5 for seniors, 65 and over. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: 912-635-4444 or

The center for the care of sick and injured sea turtles is located on Jekyll Island at southeastern Georgia, and it's definitely a place to visit while touring Jekyll's historic district.

There is an educational center where you can view graphics, photos, and data that follows the journey of sea turtles from eggs to adulthood and why some species are endangered.

Visitors can walk through the hospital at their own pace to view the turtles and read about them. In the "sick bay" patients are in the large tanks, you can observe the treatment and rehabilitation center, which is manned by a full-time staff. People are invited to watch live procedures.

In the meantime, you can go to their website to check in on the patients. There are several interesting patients there now; each one has a personality all of it's own. It's amazing to watch their progress.

Just a reminder of some turtle-friendly rules: Never disturb sea turtle nests, stakes that mark a nest, or eggs. Fill in sand castles or holes on the beach that could trap small hatchlings. Stay off sand dunes that are important habitats for sea turtles, shorebirds, and other wildlife. Recycle used fishing line. Discarded line can entangle sea turtles and other marine animals.

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