Sea Turtle Healing Center gifted $12,000 in equipment


Loggerhead sea turtle Photo courtesy of Brevard Zoo

Something unexpected happened at the Turtle Krawl 5K in Indialantic on September 12: the Sea Turtle Preservation Society presented Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center with an unexpected donation of $12,000 for a bead filter.

“The check was a complete surprise to us,” said Melanie Stadler, the Center’s sea turtle program coordinator. “Bead filters are great for sea turtles because they can capture and filter out large particulates in the water. They can also handle larger waste loads than sand filters, which we are currently using. Our sea turtle patients will appreciate the change.”

Stadler added that bead filters do not require as much maintenance, which will save staff valuable time and money. The Center has not yet determined the exact model that will be purchased with the funds.

Each year following the Turtle Krawl, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society presents the Healing Center with a $25,000 donation to support the Center’s daily operations.

“From the bottom of our hearts and the turtles’ hearts, thank you to everyone who participated in the 5K,” said Stadler. “Your support means the world to us.” 

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