Sea turtles need rehab, too, but not Amy WInehouse rehab. I spent a little over a year working extensively in sea turtle conservation in Sarasota and Marathon, Florida. The facilities I worked at took in debilitated, injured and orphaned sea turtles. Sadly, the majority of the causes for rehab were human-related, such as boat strikes, flipper entanglements and impactions from plastic and other polluted materials. Even though the world of animal rehabilitation is taxing and trying both physically and mentally, we do occasionally see the gold at the end of the rainbow. Releasing these ancient creatures after months or even years in a hospital setting invokes an indescribable feeling of euphoria and pride. After working so intensely with sea turtles, these animals now have a special place in my heart.
Enjoy this quick clip of some of the sea turtle patients I’ve worked with. And note the 1990’s shout out to TMNT… That’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for all you non-turtle fans. (Yes, I was Michelangelo for Halloween when I was 6.)