Posted On: January 31, 2024

Loggerhead Turtle Ready for Release After Swift Recovery at the Marine Science Center

After a speedy recovery a sub-adult loggerhead, Badlands, is medically cleared to be released at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Beach Street ramp in Ponce Inlet, weather and surf permitting. Badlands was brought to the Marine Science Center (MSC) from New Smyrna Beach on Dec. 15 after being found stranded and presenting symptoms of mild dehydration and an impacted gastrointestinal tract. Badlands went from 156 pounds to 167 pounds while under care at the MSC.

Paid beach parking is available on the south side of the ramp, depending on the tide conditions, or viewers can park without charge at the Marine Science Center and walk to the beach. 

The Marine Science Center is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of turtles, reptiles, and seabirds, and has welcomed over a million visitors to dive into the immersive and interactive educational opportunities offered at the center every day. The Marine Science Center is located at 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet. Visitors may view the turtle hospital, explore a marine display area, and visit the new Raptor Education and Conservation Exhibit from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit or call 386-304-5545.