Sea turtle hospital news: Reader’s Choice Awards includes our center

Reader's Choice

Topsail Advertiser readers named the turtle hospital as the area’s best tourist attraction in the 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards.

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Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 02:32 PM.

We’re No. 1!

Sick and injured sea turtles consistently vote for us as the “best place to get better and go home.” And now that the official results of the 2013 Readers Choice Awards (Topsail Advertiser) are in it’s clear that it’s not only sea turtles that think we’re special: You voted us the “No. 1 Tourist Attraction!”

That’s quite an honor, considering that the huge number of patients still recuperating at our old hospital prevented us from opening for tours over the summer. You can’t imagine how grateful we are that everyone hung in there with us while we worked our carapaces off trying to get the new place up, running and open before the end of the year. But we did it; and when about 2,000 visitors came through that first weekend, we were almost in tears. We truly could not have gotten to this place, both literally and figuratively, without your support and unwavering faith in us and our work. A thousand flipper hugs to everyone.


In the upcoming months

Jan. 4 was the last date for public tours for the immediate future. The next few weekends will be devoted to training winter semester UNCW interns. They work on Saturday, giving our permanent staff a much appreciated weekend day off. 

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