While many humans sought solitude and shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic, sea turtles kept on doing, well, what sea turtles do. They laid nests, fed on marine life and glided gracefully through coastal waters.
Throughout the coronavirus shutdown, the staff of the Marine Science Center (MSC) continued to care for sick and injured turtles even though their doors were closed to the public.
The public is invited to return to the popular Ponce Inlet destination beginning June 6, when the center will begin a phased reopening. Initially, the center will be open only on weekends, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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Admission will be limited to 40 persons at a time. Visitors will be required to pass a health screening with a temperature of less than 100.4 degrees and no symptoms of COVID-19.
Come Meet Tantomile and Louisa
Visitors may view the turtle hospital, where 15 sea turtles are being treated, including Tantomile and Louisa.
Tantomile stranded at Bethune Park in New Smyrna Beach on March 28 after suffering a boat strike to the head. The juvenile loggerhead is receiving oral antibiotics, and the head wound is progressing well. Tantomile weighed 60.8 pounds upon arrival at the turtle hospital and has packed on nearly 5 pounds, thanks to a healthy diet of squid, mackerel and shrimp.
Louisa, a green sea turtle, was brought to the MSC on May 26 with an old boat strike to the carapace. The 6.3 pound turtle, who was found floating in the waters off New Smyrna Beach, is receiving antibiotics, fluids and wound care.
Visitors may also walk through the marine display area and visit the gift shop. Staff will not offer live animal presentations, and the classroom and bird exhibits will be closed to the public until further notice.
Source: Volusia County
Volusia County Mosquito Control Will Hold Two Tire Amnesty Events To Help Reduce Pesky Insect Population
With mosquito season in full swing, Volusia County is ramping up efforts to combat these pesky insects. Ongoing efforts to reduce mosquito populations include eliminating containers where mosquitoes lay eggs, with old tires being a common culprit. Volusia County Mosquito Control will hold two tire amnesty events on Friday, Oct. 9.
The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded nearly $355,000 to 10 nonprofits committed to protecting and restoring Florida’s natural resources. The grants will fund programs that protect and rehabilitate Florida wildlife, as well as conserve and restore native habitats. The grants also support environmental education and help preserve Florida’s natural resources, including its waterways.
Boo at the Zoo, Brevard Zoo’s popular family Halloween event, is moving from night to day to accommodate social distancing needs. It is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31.
Wild Florida Airboats, Gator Park & Drive-thru Safari celebrates 10 years of airboats, animal encounters, and adventure by giving everyone free weekday admission to their Gator Park through the month of October with a canned food donation.
Have you ever wanted to learn to be a trained weather spotter? You’ll have two opportunities in October, and the training is free and conveniently available from the comfort of your own computer, cell phone or tablet. It’s called SKYWARN training, and it’s geared toward anyone interested in learning more about our Florida weather.
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