Sunday, September 9, 2012
Our Sea Turtle Education Program includes an informative lecture on the biology and conservation of sea turtles with Palm Beach Zoo Biologist Mr. Larry Wood, a visit to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, and the opportunity to encounter sea turtles in their natural habitat on the reefs of Palm Beach.
Be a part of ground‐breaking research and help preserve the marine life that makes Florida so special! Don’t take Florida for granted!
Itinerary: Sunday, august 26, 2012
Sea Turtle Education Program at Pura Vida Divers
12:00‐1:00pm *Lunch Break*
Field Trip to Loggerhead Marinelife Center
($5 donation at the door please)
Depart for 2 Tank Dive with Pura Vida Divers
Please call Pura Vida Divers for reservations: (561) 840‐8750
Cost per Person: $120.00 *includes lecture, field trip, and 2 tank dive
A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Palm Beach Zoo.
The Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Hawksbill sea turtles are a critically endangered species that reside on coral reefs worldwide. Though little hawksbill nesting occurs in Florida, young hawksbills can be found on the reefs along the SE coast. Only recently have researchers begun to realize the importance of Florida’s reefs to this species, and new studies are underway to learn how they interact with the reef community.
More than 8 years ago, Palm Beach Zoo Biologist Larry Wood initiated the first inwater study of hawksbills in Florida, and lucky for us, right here in the Palm Beaches!
“Hawksbill turtles are protected by State and Federal law. Do not pursue, touch, or harass these animals in the wild. If you encounter tagged hawksbills while diving, please record the tag number only if it can be read without disturbing the turtle. The research performed is covered by a state permit” (Palm Beach Zoo).