Flipping Back to Life: A Green Sea Turtle’s Recovery on Daytona Beach Thanks to Concerned Citizens and Scientists.

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

A green sea turtle found stranded upside down on Daytona Beach is now recovering thanks to the quick actions of concerned citizens and the efforts of the Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center. The turtle was discovered by Kristi Williams and Nina Delaney, who flipped it right-side up before Volusia County Beach Safety transported it to the science center for medical treatment.

According to Alyssa Hancock, assistant manager of turtle rehabilitation at the science center, the turtle was in critical condition but still alive. It appeared lethargic and emaciated, indicating that it had likely been sick for some time. However, with fluids and antibiotics, the turtle is now receiving the care it needs to recover.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds us that summer is a busy time for sea turtles on Florida beaches. To protect these endangered creatures, it is essential to avoid disturbing them and refrain from using any artificial lights that can disrupt their natural behavior. If you encounter a stranded or distressed sea turtle, contact the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement for assistance.

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

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