Loggerhead Park

Loggerhead Park, or the "turtle museum" as it is known in my family, is a sea turtle rehabilitation center. Turtles are housed in large tanks with see-through windows while they are treated for release back into the wild. It's a fun photo op, especially when combined with one of the center's turtle walks during sea turtle nesting season. Consider signing up for a turtle walk during nesting season (June and July)

Photography Advice

Take an intermediate telephoto. An infrared camera would be fun on the turtle walk, when flash and all other light sources are prohibited.

Website

http://www.marinelife.org/

Loggerhead Park Blog Archives

  • Happy World Turtle Day 2017!

    Happy World Turtle Day 2017!

    Happy World Turtle Day! Here are some ways to celebrate Rich's favorite flippered friends.
  • Sea Turtles!

    Sea Turtles!

    Rich and I visited the Juno Beach Loggerhead Marinelife Center  while we were in South Florida over Memorial Day weekend.  My grandparents used to live right down the street from the “turtle museum,” as we called it, and my cousins and I enjoyed seeing the turtles and watching the little babies run down to the ocean. Now that I’m married to a turtle lover, it’s fun to share this place with my husband.  Rich always has such a good time looking at the turtles! The center rehabilitates wild turtles and then releases them back into the wild.  They have a series of tanks where the turtles live while they are under treatment.  We saw Loggerhead turtles and Green Sea turtles.  My favorites were the Green Turtles, who were a little smaller and less covered in barnacles. The Marinelife Center sponsors nightly “turtle walks” during turtle nesting season.  Rich and I went to one last year.  This year the walks hadn’t yet started, so we took our own walk on the beach after dark to see if we could find some turtles. There was a full moon that night, but the sky was so cloudy that it was almost completely obscured. …
  • The Incredible Nesting Sea Turtle

    The Incredible Nesting Sea Turtle

    For years I’ve been telling Rich about going on turtle walks when I was little.  My grandparents lived really close to Loggerhead Park, a turtle rehabilitation center.  It was right across the street from the beach.  The center occasionally sponsored walks at night, allowing people to see the adult turtles as they come to the beach to lay eggs, and once I also got to help release a turtle hatchling.  Of course Rich the turtle lover has drooled over these stories.  We’ve always said we needed to go on a walk ourselves…and finally to celebrate our eighth anniversary we went! The Loggerhead Park Marine Life Center has grown into a full-blown turtle hospital, a non-profit organization funded in large part by donations and grants.  The center now has an impressive turtle museum, containing turtle skeletons and videos.  Outside there are about ten pools, which house the turtles currently undergoing rehabilitation.  The center volunteers name each patient; our favorite names this time were “Sparkles” (a small Green Turtle) and “Kahuna” (a subadult Loggerhead).  Some of the turtle patients were found so covered in barnacles that they were no longer able to eat properly; other patients are missing flippers, often amputated by …
  • Turtles! at Loggerhead Park

    Turtles! at Loggerhead Park

    Dyeyo, Rich, and I visited Grandpa Dave in Juno Beach today.  We couldn’t go so close to the Turtle Museum (officially named Loggerhead Park) without letting Rich get his turtle fix.
  • A trip to the Turtle Museum for Rich

    A trip to the Turtle Museum for Rich

    When I was a kid visiting my grandparents in Juno Beach, we’d often go over to Loggerhead Park, the “Turtle Museum” across the street from my grandparents’ condo. So when I married a turtle freak, I told him all about the museum. We finally got to visit and Rich had a great time looking at all the turtles. A whole place dedicated to his favorite animal! This is Jonah. He is a loggerhead turtle rescued by Loggerhead Park. He is being rehabilitated and then will be released back into the wild. There was a tank of baby turtles, which had just hatched this morning. They were so cute! Some were already covered in algae.