Celebrate Turtle Day April 17; Over 15,000 reptiles received at
MSC since opening in 2002
Celebrate Turtle Day April 17; Release of
sub-adult loggerhead anticipation
(April 13, 2010)
Turtle Day at the Volusia County Marine Science
Center (MSC), and beachside sea turtle and seabird releases.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.,
Saturday, April 17; animal releases at 3 p.m.
100 Lighthouse Drive,
Ponce Inlet; animal releases beachside at Winter Haven Park,
4589 S. Atlantic
Avenue, Ponce Inlet
Main Parking is at Lighthouse Point Park
Offsite parking areas:
7/11 Parking lot at Harbour Village, 4600 S. Atlantic Avenue,
Ponce Inlet Community Center, 4670 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse (Rear overflow parking lot only), 4931 S.
Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet
Inlet Harbor Restaurant, 133 Inlet Harbor Road, Ponce Inlet
Turtle Day is a celebration of bird and turtle rehabilitation in
Volusia County. As of March 2010, the MSC received 622 juvenile
to adult size sea turtles, 13,971 hatchlings and washbacks, and
738 miscellaneous reptiles (gopher tortoises, freshwater turtles
and a snake), bringing total number of reptiles received by the
Marine Science Center to 15,331 since it opened in 2002.
Several gulls and pelicans are scheduled to be released prior to
the turtle release, too. The Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation
Facility at the MSC has received over 6,000 birds since opening
Sea turtle and seabird releases are subject to change due to
animal health or environmental conditions.
For more information about Turtle Day, please call the Marine
Science Center at (386)304-5545.