Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I am so appreciative that our 'Traveling Turtle Girl' (marine biologist, Kirsten Dahlen) shared these photos with me. You can see first-hand one of the magnificent creatures we try so hard to protect.

This beautiful loggerhead turtle was disoriented when Dr. LiMarie Rodriguez discovered her wandering in the Opal Beach area a couple of days ago. Thankfully, she and Kirsten found volunteers to help hoist the tired turtle back to gulf waters. You may read more about the adventure in Kirsten's blog.

Happily, this loggerhead lives to see another day, another nest. Seeing her return to the sea we understand the impact we can have on them/their environment. This is why we try so hard to raise awareness, reduce lights on the beach, pick up our trash, fill in holes dug in the sand, reduce recreational equipment on the beach overnight, eliminate plastic bags/Styrofoam/balloons on the beach.


CarlaCarlaCarlaCarla said...

Thanks so much for linking Kirsten's story here. Where her version is the cake, your extra plug here is its icing. Using that final sentence to work in important reminders to beachgoers is a nice touch.

Turtle Girl said...

Thanks, DJ, for sharing the news about our turtles. They're having a really good year! Hatchlings should arrive on Perdido Key within a week, and in other park areas (including Pensacola Beach, which we patrol for SRIA).