Day in the Life of a Sea Turtle Patient

Written by Sawyer Morrow, 2018 Marketing Intern.

If you didn’t love sea turtles before Finding Nemo came out, you probably do now. Our sea turtle patients at Loggerhead Marinelife Center are just as free spirited and humorous as Crush and his friends. Here is a brief list of what it’s like to be a turtle patient at LMC!

  • At 10 a.m. LMC opens its doors to all of our great volunteers and visitors. Sea turtles can stay underwater for hours but our turtle patients willingly look above the water’s surface to welcome our wonderful supporters stopping by.
  • Sometimes our turtles like to nap and rest, who doesn’t? Sea turtles are known to feed and rest off and on during a typical day. Sea turtles can sleep at the surface while in deep water or on the bottom. That’s why at LMC we have ledges in our tanks to mimic rocks for our turtles to sleep under.
  • Our patients are all different! We have turtles of different types, shapes, sizes and gender. Did you know that the sex of a baby turtle is determined by the temperature of the sand? “Hot Chicks, Cool Dudes.”
  • They like to be playful! Throughout the day our patients like to have a little fun. Sometimes they’ll splash around in their tank for entertainment. So watch out, if you’re too close you might get a little wet!

All in all, our sea turtles are great to come and see. Each day they demonstrate hard work and patience so that their recovery is quick and successful. By their active enthusiasm and heedfulness we know that they’re appreciative of our LMC staff and supporters. They never know when they’re gonna be released but as Crush would say, “Well you never really know, but when they know, you know, y’know?”