The Turtle Hospital would like to extend a special thank you to West Marine for its commitment to save endangered sea turtles in the Keys. Recently, West Marine held a fundraiser during the grand opening of their new location in Marathon and five percent of all proceeds were donated to the Turtle Hospital, a 501(c)3 non profit organization. Over $1200 was raised to help pay for food, medication, and care for the 50 sick and injured sea turtles currently residing at facility. Turtle Hospital representatives Beth Vickrey and Thea Ramsay wrapped customer holiday gifts while also educating people on the threats that sea turtles and marine wildlife face. Many sea turtles ingest or get entangled in fishing gear, and by teaching people to properly dispose of fishing line and gear, this outcome can be prevented. Sea turtles play a vital role in the Keys ecosystem and the Turtle Hospital sincerely appreciates the contribution West Marine has made to the survival of these animals.
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