Green Sea Turtle Rescued on Daytona Beach: The Science and Conservation of Florida’s Endangered Creatures

Florida beachgoers find upside-down sea turtle, science center reports survival

An injured green sea turtle was found stranded upside down on Daytona Beach by concerned citizens, who quickly righted it before transporting it to the Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center for medical treatment. The turtle was in critical condition but still alive when it arrived at the center, where assistant manager Alyssa Hancock began providing it with fluids and antibiotics.

The science center is taking a guarded approach to the turtle’s recovery, as it appears lethargic and emaciated, indicating that it had likely been sick for some time. However, with proper care and attention, the turtle may be able to make a full recovery.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), summer is a busy time for sea turtles on Florida beaches. To protect these endangered creatures, it is essential to avoid disturbing them and to refrain from using any artificial lights that can disrupt their natural behavior. If you encounter a stranded or distressed sea turtle, contact the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement for assistance. By following these guidelines and reporting any sea turtle sightings or incidents, we can help ensure their well-being along Florida’s coastline.

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