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Sea Turtle Conservation

8th Feb 2014

Although officially designated as "Turtle Trash Bash," implicating a beach clean up project - this was much, much more. The local cub and Boy Scouts joined in a community wide effort to clean up the local beaches, in an area protected by the National Park Service, as part of a larger initiative to conserve and protect marine wildlife (particularly 4 species of Sea Turtles). After having collected and removed hundreds of pounds of debris from the beaches, they then toured the Sea Turtle Conservation Center and adjoining Marine Wildlife sanctuary to get an up close and personal view (by exhibition) of the dangers of "trash" to sea life. From there, the learned by first hand account from marine biologists the importance of sustainable aquaculture and water conservation efforts that are needed to protect our oceans and the sea life within it. Loggerhead turtles, in particular, are an endangered species that travel up to 3,000 miles around the world- yet, return to the same beach from which they were hatched to lay their eggs. Thus, this project had much more than a local impact as the scouts worked to protect a truly global creature.

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