Sea Turtle Conservation
The Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, is the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. An international nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, Sea Turtle Conservancy was founded in 1959 by world-renowned sea turtle expert Dr. Archie Carr to save sea turtles from eminent extinction through rigorous science-based conservation. Headquartered in Florida, the organization carries out worldwide programs to conserve and recover sea turtle populations through research, education, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which depend upon. Over the course of 55 years, Sea Turtle Conservancy’s research programs have yielded much of what is now known about sea turtles and the threats they face, and the organization is applying this knowledge to carry out the world’s most successful sea turtle protection and recovery programs. To learn more click here.
To help ensure that sea turtles have a future in our oceans, the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center™ aids sick and injured sea turtles in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). When a sea turtle is found stranded or injured, SCDNR brings the animal to the Sea Turtle Care Center for treatment. Sea turtles arrive most commonly suffering from debilitated turtle syndrome, shock from being exposed to cold temperatures, or injury from a boat strike or shark bite. Our staff veterinarians diagnose each turtle and work with Care Center staff and volunteers to provide treatments and rehabilitative care. Patients are given IV fluids, antibiotics, vitamins and other medications. Based on the sea turtle’s condition, a variety of procedures may be performed, such as x-rays or ultrasounds. Rehabilitated sea turtles are released home in hopes that they will become reproductive members of the sea turtle population. To learn more click here.
The Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.
The Turtle Hospital (Hidden Harbor Marine Environmental Project, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. The Hidden Harbor Motel provides the space and buildings needed to house and care for the sea turtles. The Turtle Hospital offers Guided Educational Experiences to the public daily 7 days a week. For further information click here.
ST AUGUSTINE BEACH
Injured and sick endangered sea turtles come ashore in Florida’s waters throughout the year. Before the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab opened, sea turtles that were stranded in the Nassau, Duval, St. Johns and Flagler county areas that make up Northeast Florida had to be transported to facilities in Georgia or central Florida, and often spent hours in transit – time that was critical to the survival of the sick or injured sea turtle. Not only did the influx of these turtles cramp the space available to turtles washing in from the regions where the rehab facilities exist, but none of the surrounding hospitals were permitted to take turtles with the Fibropapilloma (FP) virus – the most significant infectious disease among sea turtles in our waters. Now that the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab is open, the team cares for injured or sick sea turtles with Fibropapilloma found throughout Northeast Florida. In 2016, its first full year open, the hospital rehabilitated and returned nine sea turtles back into the wild. For further information click here.
GUY HARVEY OUTPOST ST. PETE BEACH
Turtle Trackers conducts free Turtle Talks Tuesdays at 4 p.m. at the Guy Harvey Outpost St Pete Beach and the organization welcomes volunteers to accompany them on their beachfront rounds. For more information on St. Pete Beach click here.
GUY HARVEY OUTPOST ISLAMORADA
Book Guy Harvey Outpost Islamorada with the Promo Code: TURTLES and 5% of your room reservation will be donated to sea turtle conservation. Sea Turtle lovers please visit the Turtle Hospital. Guests are invited to take a guided 90-minute educational tour of the hospital facilities and the sea turtle rehabilitation area. At the end of each program guests are invited to feed the permanent residents. For more information on Islamorada click here.
GUY HARVEY OUTPOST GALAPAGOS
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
Visit Galapagos and use the Promo Code: TURTLES and 5% of your room reservation will go to sea turtle conservation. Sea Turtle lovers can snorkel Isla Lobos, Los Loberia, Kicker Rock to snorkel with the Sea Turtles. Click here for more information about Galapagos.
GUY HARVEY OUTPOST ABACO, BAHAMAS
BRENDALS DIVE CENTER
Books Abaco with the Promo Code: TURTLES and 5% of your room reservation will go to sea turtle conservation. Sea Turtle lovers please visit the Brendal’s Dive Center for their Wild Turtle Encounter & Kayaking Tour. Click here for more information Green Turtle Cay.