Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sanibel Is Host to Stranded Sea Turtles

Since February, 180 sea turtles have stranded on the east coast. Fifty of those turtles were found alive and were sent to eight different rehab facilities. That is more than three times the normal amount of strandings. Their illness is a mystery. They were all found weak and suffering from general sickness.

Because of over crowding issues, three of the sea turtles were sent to the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel Island,to recuperate.

Full story in The News-Press.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Lucky Sea Turtles!

On Friday, March 13, fishermen off the coast of Sanibel, found a Loggerhead sea turtle. The turtle was tangled in crab trap line. The turtle was quickly rescued with help from CROW and SCCF. The aproximately 300 lb turtle appeared to have no serious injury, and happily swam away. I'd say that was one lucky turtle!

Yesterday, a Loggerhead was found swimming near the dock of, the Turtle Hospital in Marathon in the Florida Keys. The turtle has been checked into the hospital with a bacterial infection in its bloodstream. Makes you wonder how it knew where to go for treatment. :-) Read the news article and see a short video.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Icy Sea Turtle

My friend Gayle, who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, posted photos of some beautiful ice sculptures there. Of course the sea turtle caught my eye and I asked her if I could share it here. You might want to drop by her blog to see the other amazing sculptures.

This is certainly a big contrast to our 8o+ degree weather here. :-) You know, it's getting near turtle season againn.