Turtle Release! And You Can Help!

Calling all central-Florida-sea-turtle-lovers! The Sea Turtle Preservation Society just announced an upcoming release of 32 juvenile loggerhead turtles into the Indian River Lagoon on Monday, June 27th.  Do you want to view the action and/or participate?  You can!

The juvenile turtles were previously part of the National Marine Fisheries Service TED (turtle excluder device) certification trials and are now ready to head back to the wild.  NMFS’ Ben Higgins is hosting the release.

Where to go:

Head on down to Melbourne and pickup coastal highway A1A.  Drive south, passing a great deal of very charming mailboxes with awesome island themes, until you come all the way down to Sebastian Inlet State Park.  Continue about one mile further south of the inlet and find a spot on the Lagoon side (not the ocean side!) to park.  This is the site of the release.


June 27th, Monday, bright and early!  The release is schedule for 8a.m. and NMFS is asking that volunteers arrive no later than 7:45a.m.  And yes, this is rain or shine!

Do I need to bring anything?

Yes!  If you’re interested in assisting you MUST bring water shoes that are closed toe and clothing for getting wet.  You’ll be waist-deep in the IRL’s waters for the actual release.  I’d say sunscreen, hats, water, and towels are also good bets.  It’s a long drive down to the inlet on A1A with few pitstops for food and water, although the early morning time will make the release much more enjoyable.  Bring your mosquito repellant too!

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make this event personally but if you do go take some photos!  You could be a guest blogger on WaterNotes!