Adopt A Sea Turtle
You can support Loggerhead Marinelife Center by “adopting” a sea turtle patient starting at just $35. Your adoption directly benefits the continued care and treatment of our sick and injured sea turtles or further study of the green, leatherback, and loggerhead sea turtles that nest on 9.5 miles of shore in Juno Beach, Jupiter and Tequesta.
For over three decades, LMC has been committed to the rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles. LMC’s advanced hospital, founded by The Gordon & Patricia Gray Family, is one of the leading facilities in the state and a prime resource for sea turtle rehabilitation. It features a surgical suite, upgraded x-ray room, blood work lab, endoscope, and ultrasound – allowing numerous sea turtles to be examined and treated at LMC.
Our treatment protocol is from rescue to release – which means that sea turtle patients are released as soon as they are medically cleared. If a patient is deemed non-releasable, it will be transferred to a different facility. All of the sea turtle patients on campus are actively receiving treatment with the ultimate goal to allow each rehabilitated sea turtle back into the ocean as quickly as possible.
Advanced medical equipment is critical to saving lives. At LMC, those lives are sea turtle patients. Due to generous support from donors, the Gordon & Patricia Gray Hospital is now home to two additional world class machines, which transform patient outcomes and allow our ocean-side campus to serve as a global teaching hub.LMC’s high-definition ultrasound machine enables hospital staff to clearly examine the intricate anatomy of sea turtle patients. This provides staff with a different perspective on ailments, allowing them to formulate targeted treatment plans.
The second device, the Karl Storz EndoSkope, is the most advanced of its kind. Many of our sea turtle patients have complex internal medical challenges; such as plastic and fishing hook ingestion. The endoscope’s high-definition digital monitor allows LMC’s veterinarian to better examine delicate organs. Should patients need an endoscopic procedure, the team at LMC now has one of the most advanced tools available.
Gordon and Patricia Gray Veterinary Hospital
The Gordon and Patricia Gray Veterinary Hospital is a state-of-the-art hospital devoted to the care of sea turtles. LMC provides all the same veterinary diagnostic, medical treatment, and surgical services that you would find in the best veterinary hospitals. The hospital consists of a treatment room, a veterinary pharmacy, digital x-ray room, a surgical suite, and a necropsy room.
The treatment room is viewable through the hospital observation windows. Many of LMC’s patient’s daily treatments will occur in this area. Within the treatment room we have a pharmacy which includes refrigeration and a secure storage unit that provides immediate access to all medications which may require for our patients.
The digital x-ray room is one of the first rooms sea turtle patients see. X-rays are part of the initial assessment of the sea turtles when they arrive. The x-rays help to identify any internal problems they may face such as fish hooks or pneumonia.
The surgical suite is where all sea turtle surgeries take place; in addition to any other procedure which may require sterilization. The surgery suite is equipped with a stainless-steel surgery table, an anesthesia machine, along with standard surgical instruments. On occasion, some surgeries are open to public viewing through the observation windows.
The necropsy room is located outside across from the turtle yard. A necropsy provides gross and microscopic pathological examination of mortalities. Necropsies are at times open for public viewing.
The mission of Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is “to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles.”
LMC’s research program is one of the longest running sea turtle monitoring programs in the state of Florida. The program officially began when LMC founder Eleanor Fletcher received her permit from the state of Florida in the early 1970s. Each season, the research team documents all sea turtle activities along 9.5 miles of beach from the northern Palm Beach County line south to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. LMC research biologists conduct surveys along Juno, Jupiter/ Jupiter Island beaches from March – October.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center research biologists have systematically monitored these three beaches for more than 16 years to establish baseline normal nesting and hatchling production, with special emphasis on how beach re-nourishment and other coastal construction projects affect the reproductive success of loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center research biologists conduct studies on three beaches in Palm Beach County that host some of the highest sea turtle nesting densities in the United States. Juno, Jupiter-Carlin, and Tequesta beaches are model sites as they host not only recreational activities, but also coastal construction, dredge/fill, and dune restoration projects each year. The three predominant species that nest in Florida are leatherback, loggerhead, and green sea turtles.
LMC research biologists have one of the most comprehensive datasets in the world. These datasets are invaluable not only to scientists but also to local, national and international coastal managers. They form the basis for conservation decisions used to promote the recovery of sea turtle populations not only in Florida, but world-wide.
This dataset includes records from 1979 to 2016 with the most robust data from the last 16 years. Information collected (in some years supported by Palm Beach County contracts) includes:
• Nest and False Crawl Counts
• GPS Locations of All Crawls
• Nest Inventory Data/Reproductive Success
• Sand & Nest Temperature Data-logs
• Mapping of Escarpments, High Water Line and Vegetation Line
• Sand Compaction Data
• Shorebird Surveys
• Night Time Leatherback Surveys