Turtles are among the most beautiful creatures in a marine setup. But they are also the most endangered species according to Florida Aquarium. Having invested $4 Million to build and officially launch the Apollo Center, the goal of the Aquarium is to rehabilitate and protect these turtles today and in the years to come.
On Wednesday, the aquarium took a step toward making them happen when it unveiled a new two-story, 19,000-square-foot Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center.
The $4.1 million open-air center features a surgery center and five pools from 1,500 gallons to 25,000 gallons in size. The largest pool reaches a depth of 11 feet, big enough to monitor whether a recovering turtle can dive for food before it is released into the wild.
According to the report, the aquarium is also planning to build 6 greenhouses and each is expected to cost around $250,000.
The Florida Aquarium cut the ribbon Wednesday on a sea turtle rehabilitation center in Apollo Beach. It will expand efforts to save endangered turtles – and increase public awareness of them.
The aquarium has rescued about 150 turtles since it opened in downtown Tampa in 1995. This will also allow the public to see how the threatened and endangered turtles are treated, said Aquarium CEO Roger Germann.
The new project will see to it that the aquarium rescues even more turtles in 2019 and the years and generations to come.
Report by Lloyd Sowers from Fox 13 News indicates that Apollo Beach is big enough to accommodate a large number of turtles.
“We’ve seen red tide effect sea turtles, frostbite. We’re getting calls from as far north as New England to bring sea turtles down here,” says Roger Germann, president and CEO of the Florida Aquarium.Germann says the center can treat as many as 100 small to medium-sized turtles at a time. The goal is to treat them and then release them back into the wild.The center’s 11-foot deep dive tank is the largest of its kind in the state.
The primary goal for making the tank big in the aquarium is to enable the staff in the Florida Aquarium to know how far the rehabilitated turtle will be able to dive for food, especially in the wild.
Overall, the rehabilitation program will see to it that all the turtles in Florida have a safe haven. The aquarium hopes that one day they will be able to do a lot more in the future. And the big goal is to restore the blue planet.