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The Sea Turtles of Juno Beach

By Nicholas Jurkowski

Juno Beach (Florida, not the Canadian landing site during the battle for Normandy in World War II), is a very small, very quiet coastal town that nature is slowly reclaiming. As a matter of fact, about 43% of Juno Beach’s two square miles is either county parkland or environmentally protected area. Experts surmise that in a matter of mere months, the town of Juno Beach will be completely consumed by marshes and forests, and its denizens will revert back to a devolved, pre-human existence, preying on outsiders who lose their way – the important first victims in the coming trend of global de-civilization. Given this disturbing news, it is of paramount importance that you visit Juno Beach soon, so as to take advantage of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach – one of the finest such centers in the nation.

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a large part of Juno Beach. Besides the building itself, the Center has many trails along the beaches and surrounding area, and is adjacent to Loggerhead Park, which has many traditional park-related activities. The Center itself got its start when two long-time residents, Eleanor and Robert Fletcher, noticed the abundance of sea turtles in the area. After observing the creatures for some time, Eleanor realized that they were threatened by the encroachment of man. So, she created her park and center, whose primary goal is the rehabilitation of sick, injured, and antisocial sea turtles. The volunteers at the Center have been helping to educate people about sea turtles, and wildlife in general, since its inception.

The Marinelife Center has a wide variety of activities for all ages. Children will enjoy the saltwater touch tanks, and there are tours you can take to watch the turtles of the area in their natural habitat. The most impressive exhibit is a large leatherback sea turtle, in whose eyes can be seen the pain of the knowledge that his species is in grave trouble indeed.

The next time you crave something both fun and educational, head down to Juno Beach for the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. You could even consider renting a limousine from Millenium Limo to take you there – you can pretend to be turtles, sticking your heads out of your giant, luxurious shells while listening to your favorite turtle music. You won’t regret the trip!

Nick Jurkowski is a senior editor for The essays above can be found on his night life blog, The Urban Adventure, updated daily and available via RSS.

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