Mark Your Calendars for World Ocean Month and Sea Turtle Day Celebrations
There’s a science as to why we love the ocean. The uncanny connection between humans and the ocean is labeled as the “Blue Mind,” according to marine biologist and author, Wallace Nichols. Nicholes describes this phenomenon as “a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment. His book also presents fascinating data that 80% of the world’s population lives within 60 miles of the coast. Coincidence? We think not.
While our natural draw to the ocean is in the numbers, there is data that man made threats and lifestyle choices hold grave consequences to the big blue. By 2050, it’s estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This isn’t the only offender that is harming the quality of seawater. There is heavy rainstorm runoff with harmful pollutants and crude oil, which combined with marine debris, depletes the ocean’s oxygen levels due to too much nitrogen and phosphorus. And if our marine life is being exposed, we are certainly taking in these toxins when they end up on our dinner plate, causing long-term health conditions.
But we’re not rolling over to the stats stacked against us. Instead, ocean conservations are feeling more motivated than ever to protect our ocean and its wildlife. In fact, 2020 was billed as the “super year for the ocean” by the United Nations, which intended to draft a biodiversity framework that would create international agreements and protect biodiversity.
Big power players are at work to make significant changes, however, it’s the “on the ground” work done by caring individuals like you that create a ripple effect. Inspire the people around and get on board throughout Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s (LMC) month-long celebrations surrounding World Ocean (June 8) and Sea Turtle Day (June 16).
Stream “A Wild Connection” Debut: Tune in on Wednesday, June 16 at 8 p.m. for the official live premiere of ‘Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches,’ the newest episode of James Currie’s A WILD Connection, sponsored by Nikon. The showing will highlight our Director of Education, Hannah Campbell, as she devotes her time engaging the public in sea turtle education. Utilizing night-vision cameras, the hosts will join her along the way to see the incredible nesting ritual these turtles go through to ensure the survival of the next generation. After the premiere, viewers can participate in the “live chat” feature to chat with National Geographic wildlife TV host and producer, James Currie, and renowned cinematographer, Josh Liberman.
Join a Guided Turtle Walk: From Tuesday to Saturday evenings, throughout June and July, guests can be a part of LMC’s guided turtle walks. With the approval of state-issued permits, experienced scouts will patrol designated sections of Juno Beach searching for sea turtles. Once a loggerhead sea turtle is found and begins her egg-laying process, the group is then led down to the beach to experience firsthand. In addition to nighttime surveys, visitors can enjoy an informative presentation on the plight of sea turtles and an after-hours experience to view current patients in the outdoor Sea Turtle Hospital. Can’t make it in person? Explore our virtual guided turtle walks that will take place on June 16.
View “Sorting it Out” Podcast Trailer: It’s finally happening! The Center is getting its own podcast with Conservation Manager and host, Katie O’Hara. Katie will cover ocean conservation from A to Z, whether it’s the greatest debris threat to sustainable recipes you can make at home. On World Oceans Day (June 8), keep an eye out for the podcast trailer that will draw you to the latest conservation tips and know-how!
Help at a Self-Guided Beach Cleanup: Last year, 99 beach cleanups were conducted on Florida beaches by LMC and partner organizations. Altogether, the data from post-cleanup sort reports revealed that nearly 100,000 pieces of plastics, mainly plastic, were collected on our beaches. It goes to show our work is far from done! Every Saturday, we give supporters the opportunity to join our self-guided beach cleanups from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Stop by the Marine Debris Sorting Station on our back deck to pick up cleanup supplies, head out to the beach to collect and bring back a bag full of trash for a free T-shirt. Registration to participate is free!
Sign Up for a Sea Turtle Awareness Course: Diving and sea turtles are synonymous with South Florida. Therefore, it’s inevitable that divers and marine species will encounter one another. Be prepared to learn more about the sea turtles commonly seen on our coast and efforts to protect them in their natural habitat through the Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty course in partnership with Jupiter Dive Center. Divers will begin their day at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center where experts will share their knowledge regarding sea turtles. Following the presentation, divers will meet at Jupiter Dive Center and certified divers will participate in a two-tank guided dive where divers will focus on identifying the sea turtles they encounter, locating the types of habitat sea turtles prefer, and noting any visible human impacts affecting the sea turtles. After each dive, students will discuss their observations with their instructor. Divers who complete both the classroom and dives will receive a Sea Turtle Awareness certification. To join, call (561)745-7807 now to reserve your spot.
Learn More during Kayak EcoTours: On Friday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. join LMC biologists kayak-style at Burt Reynolds Park for a local eco-excursion and to explore Florida’s diverse coastal ecosystems. Participants will learn about the local flora and fauna as well as gain insight into the importance of these delicate ecosystems to our community. Another tour will also take place on Tuesday, June 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the same location. Cost is $40 per person includes experience plus LMC tandem kayak and gear rental. Ecotours are $25 for those who wish to bring their own kayak. Please note you may be required to share a tandem kayak with another guest if registering without a partner. Spots are limited so it is suggested to reserve your space in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonus: Participate in a week-long celebration of sea turtles and our ocean during our Sea Turtle Week campus activities.
The month will be gone before you know it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t leave your mark. We look forward to having your support for our ocean and its voyagers this June!
Annual Fund. As we close on the year, we kindly ask that you tap into the giving spirit and donate a tax-deductible donation to our Annual Fund. With every dollar, you are helping us improve ocean water quality, reduce global marine pollution, and rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles. Thank you for helping us start off strong in 2021 and making the holiday season a bit bluer!
Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation, and educational institution that promotes the 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 90 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 www.marinelife.org or call (561) 627-8280.