Leatherback sea turtles are the largest of all living sea turtles and the fourth largest modern reptile. They have the widest global distribution of all reptile species (possibly of any vertebrate), and inhabit all of the worlds oceans except the Arctic. But did you know that Leatherback sea turtles are threatened with extinction?
In honor of the Leatherback sea turtle, Pura Vida Divers will be hosting a Social Night on March 13th, 2015 to raise awareness for these amazing creatures. This is a FREE event!
It doesn’t matter if you’re a diver, surfer or beach goer, everyone is welcome to attend. So join us for an evening of socializing, delicious food, and Leatherback sea turtles.
Shana Phelan, Pura Vida Owner/Operator and Environmental Conservation Adviser, will be presenting. Topics will include: Leatherback ecology (habitat and behavior), “Sea Turtle Manners” (what we should and should not do when we see Leatherbacks locally), and what we all can do to protect Leatherback populations world wide. For more information about Shana Phelan, please see her bio at the bottom of this blog.
Our team will be providing drinks and appetizers, and guests are welcomed to bring a small covered dish of food to the Social Night. This way everyone is sure to have their favorite dish. This is not a requirement! If you are unable to bring a dish, please do not let the dish prevent you from coming.
We will also have a 50/50 cash drawing to raise money for The Sea Turtle Conservation League of Singer Island. So don’t forget to bring some cash!!
Itinerary for the Evening:
6:15 – 7:00 Happy Hour!
(Food, drinks and socializing)
7:00 – 7:45 Presentation by Shana Phelan
7:45 – 8:30 50/50 cash drawing
Please RSVP by Monday, March 9th, 2015
To find out about our future Social Night Presentations please visit our 2015 Social Night & Events Schedule.March’s guest presenter biography: Shana Phelan
Check out some of her accomplishments.
Originally from Columbus, Indiana, Shana graduated from the College of Charleston in South Carolina with Marine Biology and Environmental Science Degrees. After initially moving to Florida to pursue a career in diving she returned to the Carolinas where she completed her Masters Degree in Coastal Environmental Management at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. She has worked with theLoggerhead Marine Life Center as a Marine Biologist and Researcher studying endangered and threatened sea turtles including the elusive Leatherback. In 2002, she was interviewed by The Discovery Channel in regards to her research, and in 2005 she worked with WIDECAST to create a Sea Turtle Trauma Response Field Guide which is now used throughout the Caribbean. She returned to Pura Vida in 2005 as a Co-owner and serves as the Administrator of the Palm Beach County Diving Association. In 2013 she was selected to serve as a Team Member for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI). In addition, Shana is a PADI Staff Instructor, DAN Instructor, EFR Instructor, and TDI Instructor. Her favorite dive sites include Juno Ledge and Fourth Windows.