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Sea Turtle Rehabilitation

The Turtle Rehab Department is pleased to announce that after only 2 shorts months in rehab "Rizzo" the juvenile Green Sea Turtle has made a full recovery and will be released (pending weather and surf conditions) this Monday 2/9/15 at 2:30 PM at the Beach Street Ramp access here in Ponce Inlet. The release will occur on the North side of the Ramp in the conservation (no driving zone). There is some beach parking on the south side of the ramp or it is within a short walking distance of the center if you prefer.

"Rizzo" arrived at the MSC Turtle Hospital on 12/14/14 after stranding in Edgewater debilitated, slightly underweight, dehydrated, immune compromised and with a very low body temperature. "Rizzo" responded very well to his treatment plan and has made a speedy recovery. We are so pleased to see another endangered sea turtle make it's way back to the ocean. We hope you will join us to see "Rizzo" off on his journey back to the big blue!


Since opening in 2002, the Marine Science Center has cared for nearly 900 juvenile and adult sea turtles; more than 15,000 hatchlings and washbacks; and nearly 1,000 gopher tortoises, freshwater turtles and snakes. The Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Facility at the Marine Science Center has received more than 9,500 birds since opening in 2004.

One of the main goals of the Marine Science Center is sea turtle rehabilitation. Guests can overlook seven turtle hospital pools from the Turtle Terrace, located in front of the main facility. These pools house sick and injured sea turtles, hatchlings, and washbacks under rehabilitation. The rehabilitating hatchlings, wash backs (newly hatched baby sea turtles that are washed back to shore by rough seas) and sea turtles are released upon full recovery. The MSC turtle rehabilitation area also includes care and treatment of freshwater turtles and land tortoises.

Volusia County Marine Science Center released loggerhead turtle trio

The story of La Caretta Grande
Thousands of rehabbed washbacks released by MSC staff
Here’s your opportunity to aid in the rehabilitation of an endangered or threatened species!

Turtle rehabilitation pictures
The photos below are of sea turtle rehabilitation being performed at the MSC facilities.