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  • Sea turtle activist selected as ‘ocean hero’

  • Jean Beasley, head of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Pender County, was named an “ocean hero” by Oceana, an ocean protection advocacy group, according to a news release.
  • Jean Beasley, head of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Pender County, was named an “ocean hero” by Oceana, an ocean protection advocacy group, according to a news release.
    More than 300 ocean activists were nominated, and winners were chose in online voting.
    Beasley founded the center following her daughter Karen’s death as a way to honor Karen’s legacy of protecting sea turtles. To date, Beasley and her volunteers have rehabilitated and released more than 300 sea turtles back into the wild. She has fought for stronger protections for sea turtles in North Carolina and continues to educate the public about the threats facing the amphibians.
    Beasley and her team are in the final stages of building a new $2 million hospital, scheduled to open late this summer in Surf City.

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