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Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Surf City
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We visited on a Saturday and while busy, the line moved pretty steadily. Lot's of informative stations along the walking tour manned by knowledgeable volunteers. This center is doing a good work worth... read more »
$5 per adult to get in. Volunteers are excellent at educating you about the sea turtles. Not too many patients checked in currently. Was nice to see those who were, including some babies. Looks like t... read more »
Hadn't been to the TH since we moved in 2008, so visited the new facility on the mainland. Really nice, still had a LONG wait to get in, but now wait at least is inside and they have volunteers doing ... read more »
I really think what they are doing is great, but... On the day of our visit, it was sunny and about 95 deg. The line outside to enter the center ran about 50-75 people and 30-45 minute wait. Who knew it would be that popular? And okay, the excellent weather is not their fault. When we finally reached the blessed cool of the building, we found that their air conditioning was out. Ugh... The center has some really great volunteers to help and they offer some terrific educational materials. And inside the lobby they have a souvenir shop. But what you see of the actual rescue and rehabilitation facility is not overly impressive. Don't get me wrong, what they do is tremendous. I just didn't think it lends itself well to a tour of the turtle pools.
Yikes. 2/10 would not do again. It's open from 12-4pm because that's how long you need to get through the line. You have to wait outside in the heat only to wait more inside. The line slowly inches through stations where you read posters and listen to volunteers talk about the displays. The possible highlight of the line is at the end where turtle bay is located. Here you find turtles named after Star Wars or Disney characters and a bunch of high school aged interns helping turtles out of their pools to have their blood taken. Each turtle has their story how they came to the hospital: Lennie for example, their permanent resident of 10 years is blind thus never able to be released into the wild and stuck in a 10ft diameter pool for the remainder of its life. But you can "adopt" her or Pooh for $25. The trash and nest education stations were helpful but it's still a lot of hurry up and wait; everything could have been placed on an audio track and played at each station to help the line run more smoothly. Instead, you have a line full of families with hot, tired, fussy, and screaming kids. Charge more for admission or set up a time and ticket system to reduce to amount of time wasted. With rescued turtles being there for going on 8 months, and hatchling having special ramps to protect them from crabs and to find their way to the sea, you're left wondering if human intervention is really helping the ^cute^ sea turtles or just hindering nature's food pyramid and natural selection process.
Great for the kids. Could not touch any or get close. Had about 10 turtles we were able to look at. Line was horrendous. About 1.25 hours but had kona ice truck. Said Thursdays were busiest and Saturdays were slowest. We went on tuesday. Definitely worth it. Great people. Learned a good bit.
Very cool place to visit! $5 a person and you get to tour a small section of the hospital. The volunteers educate you about turtles and how to protect them. You get to see the turtles in their separate pools with young volunteers sharing the turtles' stories. Cool gift shop, even though it can get pricy the profits go to the rescue hospital.
It's so fantastic that people are helping to heal sick turtles and return then to the wild. What better way to teach people how to help animals than showing them what kind of damage is being done
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