Surviving human threats
Just a couple of years ago, there were no rehabilitation
clinics capable of caring for sea turtles in Brevard County.
This meant sick and injured turtles had to be driven
up to 100 miles to receive the care they needed!
In the spring of 2014, we stepped up to solve that
problem by opening the Sea Turtle Healing Center
in partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy and
Sea Turtle Preservation Society.
Help Heal Me
We are now one of only five facilities in Florida that
can care for those infected with fibropapillomatosis
(FP), a disease that causes the growth of large warty
tumors. We can treat up to 20 animals at a time.
Unfortunately, in some cases the sea turtles are too
sick and the damage is already irreversible, such as
with severe FP, and they need to be euthanized.
However, the work that we are doing and the education
that we are providing to the public is already helping
more sea turtles survive.
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