Green Sea Turtle Refuge~

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San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge has a residential group of approximately 60 protected Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtles. No one knows how they got here, but it is assumed they were caught many decades ago in Mexico, brought to the bay alive, and escaped from fishing pens, prior to being slaughtered. They settled successfully in the bay due to waters that are artificially warmed by nearby industry.

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This is the only area on the west coast of the US where green sea turtles are known to congregate and thrive.
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These turtles are an endangered species due to habitat destruction, illegal poaching, inadvertent fish netting, boat strikes, and plastic ingestion.
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San Diego Bay Wildlife Refuge is one of the few safe sanctuaries for these peaceful and VERY large turtles. The largest turtle ever measured here weighed 530 lbs, which is the largest known green turtle in the Eastern Pacific.
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There is a rehab, rescue and education center in the refuge, where injured and rescued native wildlife are cared for, including a small number of green sea turtles. The center provides education on the pressing need for conservation of native species and is open to visitors.

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I was amazed at how friendly the turtles are!
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They swim to the sides of their plexiglass tank to interact and seem genuinely happy to goof around with you!
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Cheers to you from the magnificent, goofy & gregarious, seriously endangered Pacific Green Sea Turtles.
Do you want to imagine the world without them? Do you want the Trump administration to repeal existing environmental and vulnerable species protections?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.

For more info: https://swfsc.noaa.gov/textblock.aspx?Division=PRD&ParentMenuId=212&id=4378

360 thoughts on “Green Sea Turtle Refuge~

  1. It is my experience that we get what we focus on. It does not matter if it is positive or negative. Beautiful amazing creatures surround you because you have focused your life on the beautiful and amazing. Trump was elected because those who wanted him elected and many of those who did NOT want him elected focused their attention on him — incessantly. So I will support you in the desire for maintaining and enhancing the notion that ALL living creatures deserve to live peaceful, harmonious, healthy lives.It may sound like just a rearranging of words to say this rather than fighting against Trump repealing the environmental protection laws. But the statements will bring about two very different results. Peace and thank you for bringing beauty and amazement to my day.

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    • Intriguing & interesting way of looking at the world. I do very much agree with you that focusing on the beauty and the amazing things around you makes you happier and more able to perceive more of the beauty around you. And I also agree with you that all living things deserve “peaceful, harmonious lives.” But I wonder what the American slaves, or WWII concentration camp internees, or parents who have children who die of cancer, and so many more people who suffer so terribly and unfairly, would say about their focus bringing about their results? They certainly didn’t get what (they) focused on.

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      • These people certainly did not get what they deserved. To me the Law of Attraction is non-judgmental. To explain this I’m working on a few blog posts to explain why bad things can happen to good people. No matter if we agree. I am glad that you focus so much of your time on bringing beauty to the world. ❤

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        • Thank you for such a level headed response. It’s not important to me that people agree with me. I values diversity of people, values, beliefs and practices. I don’t want everyone to agree with me or vis versa. I am glad that you share acceptance of divergent belief. I find your philosophy interesting and agree with parts of it. Hugs to you my friend~ ❤

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  2. Stunning photos of these gentle and beautiful creatures. I love turtles – I love all wildlife, flora, and nature. We are the caretakers of our planet and must protect all endangered species. It is not only our duty but a mandate. I am thankful for the sanctuary and for the information you shared.

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  3. Super images Cindy.
    Are you aware of Ocean Cleanup’s efforts? Find them on FB to see/support their efforts…out of the Netherlands…this group deserves massive support and Trump cannot interfere…I recently saw photos of beached/stranded turtles engulfed in fishing lines…a true crime and horrible death for these wonderful sea creatures. Diane

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    • It is horrible to see creatures ensnared in our drift nets, plastic beer can holders, the massive plastic wastelands in the oceans, over fishing. We were in Antarctica and the sea creatures came up to us totally unafraid and then we saw the whalers come with their booming harpoons killing the minke whales we were playing with just a few minutes ago. Ocean Cleanup sounds wonderful!

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  4. Simply beautiful, Cindy! I am happy these turtles have a sanctuary…just like we have one here in Clearwater Marine Aquarium/Hospital. One of the things I am most afraid of with the incoming administration is an eventual relaxation and roll-back of environmental protections.

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  5. Cindy, I can rarely find a mean bone in my body, or a nasty thought in my head, but, if Trump really does do everything he tweets about or says on TV, I really think he should be put in a secure tank, with special protection orders, not as an endangered species but as an endangering one. There, I have said my piece; now I better wash my mouth out with soap on behalf of all the words I said but didn’t dare print. 😀

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  6. My Dear Cindy,
    Your photos are gorgeous, but the info you impart is sad.
    What is wrong with us? i do believe the planet is treacherously overpopulated.
    Your photos may be all that is left one day. TY for taking them! xx

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  8. Gorgeous photos as always, Cindy! I don’t believe I’ve seen turtles from such closeup angles before. It’s very interesting, and it’s breathtaking how beautiful these creatures are.

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  9. Love this post, Cindy! We have a turtle rescue near here and every year we get to see turtle laying their eggs and if we are really lucky we get to see a nest erupt and little babies try to make it to the ocean! It’s awesome! Hope you are super!

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  10. I like how gentle turtles appear as they paddle and glide through the water. You captured their peaceful presence and had me saying, “You go, all those who support sea turtle sanctuaries!” ❤

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