All Things Marine (January 2017)

By Gillian O’Neill

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton where they have a turtle rescue and rehabilitation center, in addition to many other programs. The story of this one little turtle is important. It shows in a very concrete way the impact of our actions on the water world sailors and power boaters share with so many other species. One of the major threats to turtles is boat propellers, another is fishing lines.

Meet “Five-Oh” an adolescent turtle. He has a treatment plan which shows how the Center plans to treat his injury. It is expected that he will recover and be released.

This is an example of a turtle shell that has been gouged by a propeller. It is typically treated with honey to prevent infection, and although the shell will heal, It will never return to its original shape

I thought the inside of the turtle shell looked very much like the ribs of a boat!

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is really worth a visit!