As I wrote the other day, my family and I took a mini getaway on June 29, 2015. Read about the first day of our trip here. Day 2 of our stay in Jupiter, Florida, had my family and I checking out of the hotel and heading towards the Atlantic Ocean! I just love seeing the sand and water, and even though we only had a short amount of time to take a peek, because of my husband’s doctor appointment, it was still the highlight of my day!
We parked and walked over to the Juno Beach Pier. We snapped some photos while enjoying the wonderful ocean smells and sun and then got back in our vehicle. As we headed back towards the town of Jupiter, we noticed a neat looking place to stop. We turned into the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and were really happy we did.
Again, we had less than an hour before the appointment, and we tried to read and see as much as we could. This center is located in an area where numerous seas turtles nest – in fact, it is one of the most active nesting areas in the world! Wow – so cool! Each year, in about a 9.5 mile area of beach, there have been as many as 10,000 sea turtle nests. The nesting period for the Juno Beach/Jupiter/Tequesta area is from March 1st until October 31st. The mission of Loggerhead Marinelife Center is to promote conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems and they really focus on endangered sea turtles and ones that are threatened.
The indoor portion of the center has many displays on sea turtles that are interactive and infomative. Plus, there is also a beautiful gift shop. There is no fee to visit, but they do have a donation bucket, and we didn’t hesitate to toss in $5.00.
While stepping outside, we were thrilled to see a good number of turtles, all different sizes, that were being rehabilitated. There were separate pools for each turtle and information on how they came to the center and what they were being treated for. Beautiful sea turtles! I especially loved the hatchlings. They were adorable!! Check out my video footage below.
We hope to be able to revisit – when we can spend more time – to become better educated on sea turtles. If you get a chance, you should stop by and visit too.
We made it to the doctor appointment on time, and then drove back home. The whole drive back, we chatted about the fun we had had over the past 2 days, what a gorgeous area we had spent time at and how we are looking forward to going back.
For more information on Loggerhead Marinelife Center, check out www.marinelife.org to find about their event schedules, birthday party information, campus lectures, how to donate, operating hours, etc.
See more pictures below:
Video of the hatchlings: