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Anniversary Trip: Turtle Hospital…

May 26, 2010

Like I mentioned earlier, one of my favorite parts of the whole trip was visiting the Hidden Harbor Turtle Hospital.

First let me explain that me, being me, of course wanted to come check out this hospital because I had a coupon. Two bucks off each person saved us $4! Well that’s all well and good until you see the turtles and meet the volunteers and staff and they explain that the only way they are currently funded is by admission prices and gift store purchases. Great, I felt the need to use a freaking coupon. Needless to say I bought a t-shirt to make my self feel better and help out the turtles.

In order to visit the hospital and get a tour, you must call and make reservations which I hadn’t done until that morning but luckily they had space and were able to squeeze us in. The tour included a talk with a slide show presentation and then a chance to go back into the holding tanks to see the turtles up close.

Our guide went around and showed us each and every one of the 44 turtles  and gave us opporunities to ask tons of questions. She also used a lot of the tour to point out things that are harmful to sea turtles and ways to protect them. Everything from the types of hooks that fishermen should use to what to do if you see one injured from a boating accident.

Some of their patients are held in smaller tanks to keep their swimming to a minimum while they heal and others may be in the large pool.  They have 4 of the 5 main types of sea turtles represented at their hospital and their need to be hospitalized ranged from brain disorders, bubble butt syndrome, missing fins, tumor removal etc…

Albie feeding the turtles

I highly recommend visiting a turtle hospital facility if you are near one. It helps to learn about these sweet big guys and to see them in person. This specific hospital was so educational to us and I already loved turtles!

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  1. May 26, 2010 8:27 pm

    aawww….cute turtles! i would love to do something like this!

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