The Turtle Hospital

Yesterday we went to the Turtle Hospital for something to do. The hospital is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles located in the town of Marathon on one of the many small islands that make up the Keys. Established in 1986, The Turtle Hospital is the only certified veterinary hospital in the world for sea turtles.

Local volunteers assist with feeding and caring for the turtles and many veterinarians, both local and non-local, contribute their time and expertise to the hospital. A good portion of the state-of-the-art equipment needed for surgeries has been donated by local hospitals and doctors as well as by environmentally friendly organizations and individuals.

There are seven species of sea turtles found worldwide and five of these turtles are found in the Florida Keys. Four of these are endangered – the Green sea turtle, Hawksbill, Leatherback and Kemps Ridley. The Loggerhead is the fifth species and is considered threatened. On average, only one in 4000 hatchlings makes it to adulthood.

While we were out and about we stopped for lunch in a Cuban restaurant located in a residential area of Key West. I have never had Cuban coffee before or eaten in a Cuban restaurant for that matter. The prices were reasonable and the food good. The Cuban coffee was excellent! The Key Lime Pie is wonderful. Interesting, but the food in Key West isn’t something you’d come here for. Note: Key Lime Pie in the Keys was on the bucket list…

We are ending our stay here in Keys and heading back to Fort Myers on Sunday. It’s rained just about every day we’ve been here. When we come back this way next time it will surely be in the winter months. There is so much to see and do here but a lot of it depends on the weather. The snorkeling in and around the reefs was on our list and that didn’t happen. We will return to finish what we started another day…

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