I finally made it up to Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and I have to say, it was not what I expected. It was pretty neat, with maybe six large outdoor tanks for turtles and another four smaller tanks. Seeing the turtles was cool, yet depressing, given that most were there with human-caused injuries, most from being struck by boat propellers - of the maybe 8 turtles there, two had lost fins to boats. The indoor portion was more disappointing, with a small room dedicated to four aquariums and some posters and such, and a larger room dedicated to a gift shop.
I imagine this would be a totally awesome place if I had booked a guided tour of the inner workings and hospital, or for a school group granted such admittance, but as the casual public guest, I was left wanting more. It's a nice place to use as a pit stop on the way to or from the beach, but probably not a destination, or even more than an hour of enjoyment.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center gives visitor a glimpse of various sea life of the Atlantic. The Center's primary mission is to promote conservation of Florida's coastal ecosystem, focusing particularly on sea turtles. All sorts of programs are offered in support of this mission, including summer camps, school and community programs, and internships. You can even sign up for informative turtle walks!
Rehabilitation of seas turtle is a focus here - the Center takes in up to 50 sick and injured turtles every year for treatment and eventual release into the wild. In addition, they secure the immediate survival of tiny hatchlings, caring for them until they are just a little bit larger and more able to fend for themselves in the ocean.
Kids and adults alike will thrill at the sight of a giant Leatherback sea turtle. Aquariums show off local sea life, while other displays depict wild Florida.
Located conveniently at Loggerhead Park in Juno Beach, the center is open to the public from 10am-4pm Tuesday thru Saturday, and from 12pm-3pm Sunday.
Location:14200 US Hwy 1
Juno Beach FL 33408
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