Visit Jekyll Island Georgia's Sea Turtle Center - More Things to Do and Places to go on Jekyll Island Georgia

Real Estate Broker/Owner with DR Horton BK3273954

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center designed for sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education on sea turtles opened in June 2007 on Jekyll Island, Georgia

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The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia is very much like an emergency room and rehabilitation center for injured and sick turtles in addition to scientific research. You get to see the various patients that are in rehabilitation at the Sea Turtle Center and find out about their injuries and illnesses. 


Freshwater turtles (like you find in ponds or in pet stores) have flat feet and webbed toes for swimming while a sea turtle's feet are flippers used for swimming.  A freshwater turtle can move its neck into an S shape to put its head inside its shell while a sea turtle cannot.


One of the things you learn on Jekyll Island at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center is the development of sea turtles from eggs all the way through adulthood.  Sea turtles dig in the sand and bury their eggs.  Several months later, the baby turtles crack out of the shell and stays hidden in the sand for several nights until all of the turtles are out of their shells.  About 100 turtles start digging for the surface and emerge in the dark on the beach and race toward the sea.  Many become victims to seabirds, crabs and other predators.  Sometimes they head in the wrong direction toward the lights buildings behind dunes because they think they are headed into the light of the ocean's horizon. 

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During certain times of the year, you can see the hatch-lings on beach walks sponsored by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.  Open daily from 10 - 6, visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia.

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Julie E. Chapman

DR Horton

Central Florida

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This is really lovely - you must enjoy going there so much! We have cherry blossoms but no turtles here! I hope you enjoy them lots!

Mar 27, 2010 02:06 PM #1
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Nice post....I really like these that are about your area! Have a great day!

Mar 28, 2010 07:09 AM #2
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

I wish we had these in our area.

Sep 13, 2012 11:26 PM #3
Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Ormond Beach, FL
New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be


My personal belief is that I am selling a home as well a a lifestyle - most people wait until they retire to live where we live......why?  I believe a Vacation Can Last A Lifetime.  On my days off I Rollerblade on the strand on the beach on Jekyll Island, Stand Up Paddle Board at East Beach on Saint Simons Island, have time to make the gym because I don't sit in traffic and there is a 4 year college and a technical here if you wish for your children to stay close to home or you wish to further or in my case update your education. 


Thanks for dropping in. 

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