Science center says upside-down sea turtle found by Florida beachgoers survives

The summer months in Florida are bustling with activity on the beaches, but it is important to remember that sea turtles are also sharing these spaces. Recently, a juvenile green sea turtle was found stranded upside down in Daytona Beach and is now receiving care at the Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center. Video footage captured the turtle being turned right-side up by witnesses before being taken by Volusia County Beach Safety for medical treatment at the science center’s sea turtle hospital.

The science center is providing the turtle with fluids and antibiotics, giving it a guarded prognosis. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of respecting and protecting sea turtles while enjoying Florida’s beaches during the summer season.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) emphasized the importance of not disturbing sea turtles on Florida beaches during these busy months. Any disruptions or distractions can have a negative impact on the turtles, such as causing them to return to the ocean prematurely or be led away from the water. FWC advised against using flashlights, flash photography, or video equipment around sea turtles as this can interfere with their natural behavior.

If someone comes across a stranded or dead sea turtle, witnesses someone disturbing a sea turtle or its nest, or sees a hatchling heading away from the water, FWC recommends calling their Division of Law Enforcement. The hotline number is 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC (*392). More information on how to help protect sea turtles can be found on the FWC’s website. Let us all do our part to ensure that these magnificent creatures continue to thrive in our oceans for years to come.

By Samantha Johnson

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