There is never a dull day here at The Turtle Hospital. The turtles
make our days exciting enough but add some filming for TV shows
and our adrenaline gets pumping. On Friday, 1/18/13, The Weather
Channel was here filming an episode of Coast Guard Florida. What
a treat for my 10 am group that was participating in our educational
program. After the Sea Turtle presentation, my group got
to mingle with members of the U.S. Coast Guard as they came over
to our area to get a quick drink of water between filming. There was a
little girl in my group that looked up at me and asked, “What do they do
here? ” I said, “They are members of the Coast Guard and they are
the ones who go and rescue people out on the water. And today,
they are taking out one of our sea turtles, Stella, on their boat, to
release her.” Her eyes got really big and then she smiled.
Everyone in our group was smiling later as we watched that
Coast Guard boat leaving our turtle rehab enclosure out by the Bay to
take Stella home.
Then the following Monday, my afternoon educational program got
to watch The Travel Channel as they filmed an episode of Trip Flip out
in the rehab enclosure. It was exciting for them. Maybe they will be in
some of the background shots when that episode airs. My group got
to listen to the reactions of the people being filmed for Trip Flip.
The turtles bring out lots of emotions from the people who
get to visit them in their rehab area. It changes people.
This is part of an email I received from someone who was part of my
educational program on the day that Stella was released:
We had such a great vacation and The Turtle Hospital
was a huge highlight. We both loved it. You made it
so special. We learned alot too, about what we can
do to make a difference.
So, we have vowed to cut plastic grocery bags out of
our lives. Also, we will pick up every cigarette butt
we see on the beach and even the smallest bits of plastic,
fishing line, balloon strings and whatever else we see.
Thanks again to all of you at The Turtle Hospital for
the wonderful work you do there.
No, there is never a dull day at The Turtle Hospital.
So, come and visit us and see how the turtles can make
your day and even change your life.
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