Whew! It took me way too long to get this post up! Life happens, right? As I mentioned a few days ago on Facebook, I owe a great big thank you to Jack Lighton of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) for the invitation & conversation!
So who is Big Mama?
“Big Mama was released off Juno Beach on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. Big Mama is a 352 pound, female loggerhead sea turtle that was rescued by Inwater Research Group, Inc. less than two weeks ago at the St. Lucie Intake Canal.” (Source: LMC’s Facebook Page)
Historically, I’m flying solo during Old Boat Shoes (OBS) things. Today, however, Chrissy and I were together with our twins (Jack & James) for some quality OBS family time at The Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a non-profit facility whose mission is “to promote conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles.” Take a moment to read the history of the facility, which is rooted by one woman who observed & cared enough to try to make a difference, as well as the many programs they offer to the public.
We had a great time looking at the in-patient sea turtles that were busy healing & swimming; and the boys loved watching the babies.
Then, it was go-time! I was able to grab a few photos during the event, but there’s only a few of them & they’re blurry because I had Jack in my arms (my son, not Jack Lighton) who was twisting & turning himself for an optimal view. For a great collection of photos, check out the post on LMC’s Facebook Page! And be sure to ‘like’ the page while you’re there so you can stay current … and maybe plan for a visit!
So there you have it, the extent of my photos. Not too shabby considering I had a sweaty child in my arms and a heavy backpack full of kid-necessities and reusable water bottles. But seriously, I wasn’t there to photograph the event, I was there to soak it in with my family and appreciate the moment.
Events like this happen because of the dedication of each and every person on the Loggerhead Marinelife Center staff and their volunteers. Sea turtles, along with every ocean inhabitant, face countless natural challenges — that’s just nature. It’s when man-made products, like single-use plastic bags & balloons, are introduced into the equation and ultimately ingested that we see the senseless damage we cause. These two videos have been on Old Boat Shoes in the past, but are well worth watching again!
I hope you’ve found the information in this post to be eye-opening and inspiring. Please consider these three things: (1) REFUSE to use single-use plastic bags; (2) REFUSE to use balloons, which are mistaken for jelly fish by sea turtles; (3) please make a donation to Loggerhead Marinelife Center … even if it’s $5, every contribution counts. You can even adopt a sea turtle! Chrissy and I are bringing the boys back to LMC so that they can “pick out the turtle they want to adopt.” What better way to educate & involve children? Worldly change starts with our youth by teaching good habits!
As of this post, I’m reaching well over 1000 people between my website, Facebook, and Twitter. If each person reached donated the exact amount they spend on their morning coffee, the amount could be impressive! Old Boat Shoes has the potential to generate up to $3500 (or more) for LMC … and that makes me proud considering I started out just this past January as a beach-trash picker in MA. So consider this a challenge! Click the link below to donate the cost of your morning joe/java/coffee/espresso/latte/tea. And be sure to put “Old Boat Shoes” in the comments section so I can report back on how well we did!