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Sea Turtle Preservation Society Turtle Walk
Reviewed May 10, 2012

A turtle walk with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society shouldn't be missed. The walks usually only occur through the month of June because they try not to disturb the turtles nesting season, so you have to be here at the right time of year. Everyone gathers at the meeting place (it changes from year to year.) Members of the Society go out to the beach to find turtles that are coming in to lay eggs. While they are looking for the turtles, a member gives an educational talk about the different types of turtles and their habits. As soon as someone radios in that they have found a turtle or turtles, the group hurries onto the beach and walks quickly to the place where the turtle is laying its eggs. An older person might have some trouble keeping up because the group does walk pretty fast in the sand. We had 2 six-year-olds and a 7-year-old with us. We had warned them in advance that they would have to be very quiet and still in order not to disturb the turtle and they did really well. The leader of our group took the 3 of them very close to the turtle and shined a red light on the place was the turtle was laying the eggs so they got an especially good look. Then the rest of us, a few at a time, got to get a little closer for a better look. Afterward watching her for about 3/4 hr., (it takes a long time for the turtle to dig the nest, lay the eggs, and cover them up sometimes) we headed back to our starting point. On the way back we saw another loggerhead turtle and a green turtle, one of them coming in to lay eggs and one going back into the ocean. The children were thrilled with the whole thing, as were the adults.

If you are the impatient sort, this is not for you. It is a slow unfolding of real nature and everyone in our party thought it was an excellent adventure. We have been twice on the turtle walks and both times have seen 3 or more turtles. However, if lightning or rain starts, the walk will be cancelled, because of the danger of lightning strikes.

2  Thank annasplace
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

We missed the turtle walk but the place was very nice and informative.

Thank Patty H
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

Take the time to enjoy an evening on the beach with these dedicated people. I assure you the time will be well spent. The facilitators are knowledgable, patient and sincerely care about these endangered animals.

Thank Terry O
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

It's always good to remember nature and how we are blessed to have such creatures on this earth. Amazing turtles and the turtle walk helps to remind us of that.

Thank Gator G
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Reviewed June 21, 2011

Costs $10 to meet at Holland Spessard Park in Melbourne Beach. The money you pay is a donation. You arrive at 8:45p and they give you a presentation about sea turtles on a projector screen. They have "scouts" on the beach looking out for turtles. The volunteers are only licensed to show you Loggerhead turtles. Though 4 other species of turtles lay eggs on the beach. Around 10pm a turtle was nesting on the beach so the whole group walked down to see the turtle laying her eggs. On the walk to the turtle we saw a different turtle that was in the water. We watched the turtle lay her eggs and swim into the ocean. We only witnessed 1 turtle lay eggs and then the tour was over at 1130p. The next morning I went back to the beach and saw where many other turtles had walked on the beach. If you want to see something really cool and learn about turtles, this is the place.

9  Thank imdizzy80
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