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Healing Harbor: Boca Raton nature center opens for turtle rehab

BOCA RATON – The first patient showed up with a smashed jaw a month ago — so critically injured it was uncertain she'd make it through that first night. A few days later, Lily came, suffering from a hook that sliced through her intestinal tract. Patient No. 4, found floating near Pompano

Seaweed – Did You Know?

Seaweed – Did You Know?

While beachcombers may find seaweed to be a bit pesky, it actually plays an important role in ocean ecology!  Floating sargassum weed acts as an offshore estuary, providing habitat for a large variety of marine life such as shrimp, crabs, and small fish that seek food, and protection from the

Boca center increases environmental awareness

Cause: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, an environmental complex in Boca Raton whose mission is to increase public awareness of coastal and marine ecosystems through research, education, preservation and conservation. Q: Why do you volunteer? A: Initially, I thought of volunteering as a way to fill

Nature gets a helping hand: Humans assist when Kate the leatherback sea turtle cannot dig a nest

Officially, she’s female leatherback turtle UUN669. That’s what the tag on a back flipper reads. But everyone calls her Kate. She’s the one still on the beach at mid-morning, scraping around in the hot sun, her flippers trying to clear a spot to lay her eggs. On May 31, Kate was spotted across

Gumbo Limbo adding more sea tanks, native marine animals

Gumbo Limbo adding more sea tanks, native marine animals

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- More than $2-million in upgrades are complete at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center where workers educate, rehab and study all different types of native sea life. Kirt Rusenko a marine conservationist at the center tells us the upgrades and additions will allow visitors better

Opening of Gumbo Limbo tanks highlights group's triumph

Boca Raton — Friday's debut of new sea tanks showcasing different marine life habitats at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center also represented some heavy lifting — the biggest effort yet — from the center's auxiliary arm. The donations coming through the Friends of Gumbo Limbo have grown to make up 20

Gumbo Limbo turtle display awaits permit

Four new seawater tanks showing different marine habitats open Friday at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center — but a bureaucratic hang-up has snarled the arrival of the show's stars. The Boca Raton nature center needs a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission permit before the threatened and

Gumbo Limbo marine habitats starting to take shape

Gumbo Limbo marine habitats starting to take shape

BOCA RATON — Four new marine tanks at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center still aren't ready to be inhabited by sea life and opened for public viewing, but officials have their fingers crossed that two of the tanks can be completed by the end of May. "I can't wait for them to open," said Liesa Segovia, who

Friends of Gumbo Limbo request $250,000 to fill sea water tanks

Patrons of the city's Gumbo Limbo Nature Center have asked for $250,000 to help fill the new sea water tanks and $100,000 or so a year for veterinary personnel and supplies for the sea turtle rehabilitation program. Michele Peel, president of the Friends of Gumbo Limbo, made the request at the

Gumbo Limbo unveils a new logo

Gumbo Limbo unveils a new logo

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center unveiled its new logo and announced the winners of the logo contest at the Friends of Gumbo Limbo’s third annual Sea Coast Toast Friday night. Manager Stefanie Ouellette said they combined elements common to their favorite designs in 25 or 30 submissions, including a