Sea Turtle Release Off Juno Beach Wednesday morning*
Who: Loggerhead Marinelife Center
When*: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.; pre-release procedures begin at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Loggerhead Marinelife Center (14200 US Highway One, Juno Beach)
What: LMC will release Honda the sea turtle from its facility off Juno Beach.
Honda, an adult male loggerhead sea turtle patient, was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant intake canal. He was underweight and had an active infection when he arrived. Bloodwork was analyzed weekly as we treated him with antibiotics and subcutaneous fluids. Honda will be fitted with a satellite transmitter so we can follow his movements after his release.
Honda will be prepared for release from LMC starting at 10:30 a.m. LMC docents will convey the history of the turtle’s journey and final preparations to visitors, with a procession to the beach for the release to follow. We recommend arriving early for parking and to find a good spot on the beach.
Our sea turtle patient, “Honda” is named in honor of The Honda Classic, the largest golf event in Palm Beach County. The best golfers in the world descend upon PGA National Resort & Spa each February to play for the Honda Classic’s Waterford Trophy, and the resort welcomes thousands of spectators who get to enjoy some of the best golf in the world. The Honda Classic has created the Honda Classic Cares Foundation, which over the years has reinvested profits from this exceptional event to help positively impact the lives of children in our community. Over 100 local nonprofit organizations are supported by the Honda Classic Cares Foundation. The Honda Classic Cares underwrites a portion of educational programming at LMC. We are honored to partner with the Honda Classic Cares Foundation to invest in the education of our children within our community.
Local staff will be available for media interviews at their discretion.
*Weather may impact the scheduling of this release. Please check marinelife.org and LMC’s social media channels for updates.
About Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational institution that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums, and also operates the Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class angling and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year. The Center’s conservation team works with 76 local and international organizations across six continents to form partnerships and share conservation initiatives and best practices that are core to its mission of ocean conservation. The Center is expanding and has launched its Waves of Progress capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMC’s conservation and education impact. When complete, the facility will offer one of the world’s most advanced and unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more information, visit marinelife.org or call (561) 627-8280.