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THE KAREN BEASLEY SEA TURTLE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION CENTER
Staffed by dedicated volunteers.
Located on Topsail Island, North Carolina, US
Latitude 34, Longitude 77
A private, non-profit 501(c) organization.
PO Box 2095
  
  Surf City, NC  28445

 

Jean Beasley, Executive Director
THE KAREN BEASLEY SEA TURTLE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION CENTER
MISSION STATEMENT
  • The conservation and protection of all species of marine turtles both in the water and on the beach
  • The rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick and injured sea turtles
  • To inform and educate the public regarding the plight of all sea turtles and the threat of their extinction
  • To provide an experiential  learning site for students of biology, wildlife conservation, and/or veterinary medicine from around the world.
 
A DAY IN A LIFE

Forty or so sea turtles. That's a lot to care for. Different diets, and  personalities .  Different medicines, vitamins and wound care regimes.  Continuous monitoring of intake and output, water quality and temperature;  flushing and cleaning and redirecting of water pipes. Laundry, laundry, laundry.
Our volunteers handle these duties and many more every day, changing hats from feeders and cleaners and medical care givers to ambassadors and educators, administrators and fund raisers.

The first volunteers arrive each morning around 7 AM to begin food and  medication preparation, followed soon after by a highly dedicated team of folks who will proceed to:
Feed each to turtle according to needs and yes, wants.  They can be choosy eaters too.
Scoop clean each tank
Administer to the special needs of each turtle.
Refill each tank.
Wash, dry, fold and stack towels, repeat, repeat, repeat.
Physically prepare the building for visitors in the afternoon.
Open to the public
Introduce the public to the patients and the facility.
Close to the public
Clean up, scoop tanks, probably one more thing, go home.

It takes many people each day to keep the place running smoothly.  It's often difficult and hot work, not to mention dirty and smelly.  The rewards are plentiful and where you find them, the look in the turtles eyes, their eager and able return to the sea.