The Sea Turtle Preservation Society has developed a new volunteer program that will be administered through the Marine Turtle Permit for Sea Turtle Strandings. This program, the Sea Turtle Emergency Response Program, has been developed to provide better beach coverage to search for and rescue post-hatchling sea turtles that have washed back ashore after a large storm event. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of post hatchling sea turtles that are rescued, rehabilitated and eventually released back into the ocean.
Once sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their nest on the beach, they enter the ocean and swim approximately 20 miles to the large layer of sea weed that circulates offshore. This is called the Sargasso Sea. This is basically a sea turtle nursery in that It provides nutrient and protection from predators until the young sea turtles reach a size where they can safely venture out into the open ocean.
After large storm events, these small sea turtles can be washed back onto shore with large amounts of sea weed, called the wrack line. These “washback” sea turtles are exhausted, dehydrated and in need of medical attention. If accidentally placed back into the ocean, they no longer have the energy to swim the 20 miles back to safety.
Volunteers are needed to survey the wrack line, search for washback post-hatchlings and transport them to a safe holding area.
The Sea Turtle Preservation Society Welcomes You To Join in Protecting and Preserving These Protected Animals
The Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS) is a not-for-profit organization. STPS relies on the donations from the public, its membership, and the efforts of its dedicated volunteers. Our active volunteers are permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Bureau of Imperiled Species, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work with endangered and threatened sea turtles. STPS is not, however, and enforcement agency.
The purpose of our organization is to educate the public about marine turtles. STPS reaches thousands of people each year through public presentations, exhibits at area events, and by our turtle watches during the sea turtle nesting season.
The society’s goal is to help maintain the current sea turtle population and to prevent a potentially irreversible decline in that population.