YOU can help Sea Turtles
- Support organizations that help injured sea turtles. Miami Seaquarium is a state permitted rescue and rehabilitation facility for sea turtles
- Learn about sea turtles and teach others about them. If more people know about sea turtles and the threats they face, more people will want to help them.
- Participate in a beach clean up
- Do not buy products make of sea turtle shells, skin, or meat.
At the Beach:
- Watch nesting turtles by joining one of the many state-permitted turtle walks
- Never approach turtles emerging from the ocean or disturb a nesting turtle. Sea Turtles are protected by State and Federal Laws, so touching sea turtles, disturbing hatchlings, or destroying sea turtle nests is punishable by law.
- When visiting the beach on your own, pick up three pieces of trash that you find that are not your own. You are helping sea turtles as well as several other species of marine life. If everyone that visited the beach did this, imagine how clean our beaches would be!
- If you are staying on the beach for an extended period of time during nesting season, please remove all items from the beach including beach chairs and umbrellas. Items left on the beach make sea turtle’s movements on the beach difficult.
- Destroy all sand castles and fill up holes in the sand when you are ready to leave the beach. Sand castles and holes create obstacles for sea turtle hatchlings trying to get from their nest to the ocean.
- If you live along the coast or are vacationing along the coast, turn off patio lights and close balcony curtains during turtle nesting season,
(March-October along the Atlantic Ocean and May-October along the Gulf of Mexico )
On April 19, 2015, Optimus was spotted by a boater who noticed the Sea Turtle was injured, who then called Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Optimus was brought to Miami Seaquarium via boat from Coconut Grove. She had a propeller strike to the head; it barely missed her brain case. Our team had to use metal and marine/boat special glue to hold/reduce her fractured skull. She is now recovering and eating. Check back with us for updates.
VIDEO: Trigger's Journey