Flipping Turtles: How Two Volunteers Saved a Critically Endangered Green Sea Turtle on Daytona Beach.

Florida beachgoers find upside-down sea turtle, science center reports survival

Kristi Williams and Nina Delaney, two concerned citizens, stumbled upon a juvenile green sea turtle that was stranded upside down on Daytona Beach. Realizing the urgency of the situation, they turned the turtle right-side up before Volusia County Beach Safety transported it to the Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center for medical treatment.

Alyssa Hancock, assistant manager of turtle rehabilitation at the science center, reported that the turtle was in critical condition but still alive. The turtle appeared lethargic and emaciated, indicating that it had likely been sick for some time. The science center is providing the turtle with fluids and antibiotics, with a guarded prognosis for its recovery.

Summer is a busy time for sea turtles on Florida beaches. It is essential to avoid disturbing them and to refrain from using any artificial lights that can disrupt their natural behavior. If you encounter a stranded or distressed sea turtle, it is recommended to contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement for assistance.

By following these guidelines and reporting any sea turtle sightings or incidents, we can help protect these endangered creatures and ensure their well-being along Florida’s coastline.

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