People often ask where we get our turtles here at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center…the answer..from all over, but a lot of the turtles that have come in are brought to us by community members that came to the center and remembered we were here to help!
Most recently we had two turtles, Cheese and Captiain Hook(less), that came in and were able to be released. Both of which were brought to us from residents of Glynn County. We were then lucky enough to be able to work with both of them for their release.
Cheese, a Florida softshell, was hit by a car on St. Simons Island and Natalie and Barb Murrah scooped him up and met a volunteer half way and Cheese came to stay at the center. With a course of antibiotics, wound cleaning, and some tasty fish under his belt, we took him back over to St. Simons and released him in the Murrah’s pond.
Captain Hook(less), a diamondback terrapin, was brought to the center by Jane Dale and Peggy Edmonds. They had been at their dock and watched a local fisherman accidentally hook her. They brought her to the center and staff removed the hook. After a few days and some antibiotics, super volunteer Jane met them and released her back into the marsh!
These are just two of the numerous injured turtles brought to the GSTC from members of the community. Even though we specialize in sea turtles, we will help a wild turtle of any species in need of medical care and look forward to continuing to work with community members throughout Southeast Georgia.
~Jeannie Miller, Aquarist