Gumbo Limbo is a nature center located in Boca Raton Florida. They single handedly monitor more than 600 nests a year within a five mile span of our beaches. Currently they rescue and release more than 6,000 stranded hatchlings each nesting season. They also rehabilitate turtles that have been injured and require medical attention. Their goal is to eventually release them back into the wild.
As a Loc-all good effort Lisa and I made a donation to the project and volunteered to help release some rescued hatchlings back into the ocean! Did you know that only 1,000 out of 10,000 hatchlings will survive into adulthood? This is why each hatchling is so important. As part of the release it is imperative that the hatchlings make the journey into the ocean from the shore. This is a huge factor in their development and it activates their internal compass. We monitored the release to ensure that each of the 33 turtles made it to the ocean safely. 3 of the turtles did not appear strong enough to make the journey so they were collected and will be cared for until Gumbo Limbo feels confident they can make it.
We also participated in a conservation class, which teaches you what to do if you find an injured turtle and how to keep them safe. With so many of our self storage locations near the ocean it is important to understand how to care for our beaches and be educated on how to handle a sea turtle. We can now help identify nests and decipher between the 3 different species of turtles in South Florida.
If you find a dead, sick, or injured sea turtle, please call Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's 24-hour Wildlife Alert Number at
Please be prepared to answer the following questions:
• What is the exact location of the animal?
• Is the turtle alive or dead?
• What is the approximate size of the turtle?
• Is the turtle marked with spray paint?
(This may indicate that the turtle has been previously documented.)
• What is the location of the closest access point to the turtle?
If you need to reach a wildlife rehabilitation center in South Florida, please call the South Florida Wildlife Center at 954-524-4302 or 866-SOS-WILD.