20 patients recuperating in Sea Turtle Sick Bay

Published: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 16:58 PM.

Our “Adopt-A-Sea-Turtle” program has always been popular, and we now have one-stop-shopping for the adoptions of our patients. While you’re here you can select from the list of turtles and various adoption levels and leave with all of the “goodies” in hand. It’s your last chance to get our “Christmas Adoption Package.” It’s very special and not available on-line. You’ll have to come in to find out all the details. If you miss it this time you may miss it forever.

Directions to our new hospital in Surf City: Take the turn off of N.C. 50/210 onto Charlie Medlin Drive, which is the road next to the Shipwreck Point (Mini) Golf course. Follow the road onto the gravel section, through the round-about and onto Tortuga Lane. Stay on Tortuga until it ends and circle into our parking lot. Come in through the double glass doors. We now have a working phone: 910-329-0222.

Admission to the sea turtle viewing area is: adults, $5; military and seniors 65 and up, $4; and children, $3. Visitors are always welcome to browse our gift shop, talk with volunteers, peek through the window and use the facilities for free if they don’t wish to take the tour. Watch this column and our Facebook page (The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center) for any additional tour and shopping hour and special events.

Cold weather + sea turtles = trouble

Cold air and cold water is deadly for sea turtles. Normally they would have moved out into the toasty waters of the Gulf Stream by now, but due to their inexperience or disability from illness the influx of cold-stuns will continue throughout the winter months. Our visitors and residents are very important to our hospital and beach program because we can’t be everywhere 24/7. Sea turtles are cold-blooded and cannot regulate their body temperature. That’s why a cold-stunned turtle can sometimes appear to be dead — it’s literally unable to move its flippers, head and often even close its eyes. You can help us by removing the turtle from the beach or water and placing it in an unheated area such as your garage, car or utility room. Do not try to warm it up! That could cause the turtle to go into shock. The N.C. State hotline for any stranding is 252-241-7367 and the call will be picked up 24/7. Locally, if you come across any turtle in distress you can text or phone our director, Jean Beasley, at 910-470-2800 or our beach director, Terry Meyer, at 910-470-2880. Please report any and all local sea turtle activity (strandings , injured or sick turtles) immediately to Jean or Terry.

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