One of Gumbo Limbo’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Docents shared a recent experience she had while on duty:
The cutest little girl, who was about 6 years old, and her little brother recently dropped by the
Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center. Even at their young ages, their parents get them involved in
beach cleanups. I asked her if she wanted to know how she could help the turtles and she
nodded “yes.” I told her that whenever she goes to birthday parties that have balloons, make
sure everyone knows not to let them float up into the air, because they will eventually end up in the
ocean, the turtles will eat them, thinking they are jellyfish, and they will probably die. She looked
at me so intently, never blinking. After I finished she continued to look at me intensely for several long
seconds and then she threw open her arms and gave me the biggest hug. Apparently, she was
given a little mission, which she accepted and took to heart. It was so sweet - she really appreciated
knowing that little bit of information.
This story reminds us that there are simple steps we can take, at any age, to help save sea turtles and other wildlife in our oceans and on land.