|Kitchen and dining room in our vacation rental.|
|It's relaxing sitting on the deck -- except in the late afternoon & evening when the mosquitos and no-see-ums come out!|
|Looking left from the patio.|
|Looking right from the patio -- out to the ocean.|
There are about 38 turtles in the hospital right now. Some of them are permanent residents as they are unable to survive in the wild because of their injuries which are mostly a result of boat propellers. Some of the permanent residents will be adopted by zoos or aquariums for their exhibits. Many of the "patients" have fibropapilloma (tumours) caused by water pollution. The tumours are surgically removed, the turtles stay in the hospital for a year and, as long as the tumours don't come back, then they can be released. Once the turtles recover, they will be immune to fibropapilloma -- sort of like chicken pox in humans.
|Note the fibropapilloma on this turtle's left eye and flipper.|
|This turtle has graduated to the large pool area until he's fully recovered and ready for release.|
|This loggerhead turtle named "Gizmo" was rescue in late October and is still getting antibiotics |
to help him recover after found in very bad shape.
|The turtle ambulance.|
|If you live in Florida, get a turtle licence plate and support a good cause!|
We've seen a lot of iguanas here at various places we've been at. Can you spot the two iguanas in this photo?
We've also had time to walk on the beach, hike some trails in a couple State Parks and visit the Crane Point Museum and Nature Center which has several nature trails and a wild bird center which, like the Turtle Hospital, is focused on rescue, rehabilitation and release.
|Jellyfish on the beach. Colourful insides!|
|The elaborate door of the Crane Point Museum|
|Interesting colours in the water amongst the mangroves.|
|Andrew getting the down low view for some photos.|