Gulfarium’s CARE Center released seven rehabilitated sea turtles at Langdon Beach in Fort Pickens – Gulf Islands National Seashore on September 26. The group consisted of four juvenile Green sea turtles and three Loggerhead sea turtles. Five of the seven were unintentionally hooked by fishermen at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.
An estimated 350 locals and tourists joined in on the excitement to observe the special occasion. “We are so grateful for the community support,” said Meredith Horn, Gulfarium’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “The enthusiastic crowds really validate our coastal conservation efforts and continued mission to promote awareness through public education.”
The CARE Center had a busy summer season, and they anticipate an increased need for marine animal rehabilitation. Plans to expand are in effect for the nonprofit organization, and donations are needed now more than ever.
Saltwater Restaurants covered the transportation expenses for the release. “This financial support is a very touching gesture, and alleviated our stress of organizing the safe transportation of seven sea turtles,” said Terra Throgmorton, Senior Aquarist for Gulfarium.
The Gulfarium CARE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is proud to act as a beacon for coastal conservation through marine animal rescue and rehabilitation. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online at www.gulfarium.com/care_center.
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