MSC temporarily relocates sea turtles
The Marine Science Center, Ponce Inlet, has transferred its rehabbing sea turtles to other facilities while the building undergoes a roofing project. The sick and injured turtles are completing their rehabilitation at the Brevard Zoo, Miami Seaquarium, Florida Aquarium and SeaWorld.
Marine Science Center employees continue to intake and triage stranded sea turtles during construction, transferring them to the other facilities as needed. They will resume in-house rehabilitation in mid-July, when roofers are scheduled to place the final panels over the turtle hospital area.
Staff is able to house and care for gopher tortoises, box turtles and freshwater turtles throughout construction.
Visitors can learn about marine life in the center’s exhibit hall, which includes a 1,400-gallon touch pool, a 5,000-gallon artificial reef aquarium, living reef, octopus and moray eel exhibits, and a gift shop. They also can watch turtles and birds receive specialized care, visit habitats for bald eagles and wading birds, walk along the nature trail, and climb the observation tower.
The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and teenagers, $4 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and under.
Since opening in 2002, the Marine Science Center has cared for more than 21,000 sea turtles and more than 1,400 gopher tortoises, freshwater turtles and snakes. For more information, visit www.marinesciencecenter.com.