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C.A.R.E.

Conserve. Act. Rehabilitate. Educate.

The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center acts as a beacon for coastal conservation through marine animal rescue and rehabilitation, encouraging awareness with public education and opportunities for active participation.

Conserve

Ensure the future of marine animals and their habitats

Act

Play an active role in marine conservation

Rehabilitate

Support marine animal rescue, recovery, and release

Educate

Inspire awareness for marine conservation issues

Our History

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park has been active in marine animal rescue and rehabilitation for many years. The C.A.R.E. Center was developed in 2015 as a non-profit to facilitate and further our continued coastal conservation efforts. The program has helped to rehabilitate and release various species of sea turtles found in the Gulf Coast, from the Loggerhead, Green, Kemp’s ridley, to the Leatherback. Over the years hundreds of sea turtles have been rehabilitated and released back into the wild by the Gulfarium.

* All gifts are tax deductible.

CARE worker holding a baby turtle in her hands

Rehabilitation

When a sea turtle patient arrives, it is evaluated by animal care and veterinary staff using guidelines from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. These guidelines give our staff the necessary information needed to evaluate a method for rehabilitation, recovery, and release.

Although every effort is made to release the turtle back to the ocean, occasionally a sea turtle is deemed non-releasable due to medical or physical limitations. These turtles are given a permanent home and full-time care here at the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center

Release

The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center promotes rehabilitation and release of all stranded sea turtle species. After the appropriate medical attention and care is provided, as deemed by a veterinarian, the sea turtle is release back into the ocean at a location determined by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Check out our Featured News page to read some of our release stories.

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An internship at the C.A.R.E. Center is perfect for anyone pursuing a career in marine biology, veterinary care, and related fields! We're so proud of one of our interns from last summer, Meredith, as she just got into vet school at NC State! Congratulations, Meredith! 🎉

Summer internship applications are open through March 15 - apply at the link below!

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An internship at the C.A.R.E. Center is perfect for anyone pursuing a career in marine biology, veterinary care, and related fields! Were so proud of one of our interns from last summer, Meredith, as she just got into vet school at NC State! Congratulations, Meredith! 🎉

Summer internship applications are open through March 15 - apply at the link below!

https://bit.ly/48v4kOE

🌊 Exciting news! We're thrilled for the launch of our new donation website for the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center! Now, you can easily contribute to our vital mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing injured and stranded sea turtles.

Every donation, big or small, significantly impacts the lives of these animals and helps us continue our conservation efforts along the Gulf Coast. Together, we can make a difference for marine life and our precious ocean ecosystems!

Visit our new donationwebsite today to learn more about our work and how you can support us: onecau.se/carecenter. Thank you for your continual support! 🐢
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🌊 Exciting news! Were thrilled for the launch of our new donation website for the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center! Now, you can easily contribute to our vital mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing injured and stranded sea turtles.

Every donation, big or small, significantly impacts the lives of these animals and helps us continue our conservation efforts along the Gulf Coast. Together, we can make a difference for marine life and our precious ocean ecosystems!

Visit our new donationwebsite today to learn more about our work and how you can support us: onecau.se/carecenter. Thank you for your continual support! 🐢

We are SO excited to announce our brand new Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center Stranding Team!

Due to the amount of pier-related sea turtle strandings in our area, we are looking for dedicated volunteers to be ready to take charge in the event of a sea turtle stranding at Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier.

For more information and to apply, click the link below!

📸Beautiful Moments Photography by BeBe

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We are SO excited to announce our brand new Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center Stranding Team!

Due to the amount of pier-related sea turtle strandings in our area, we are looking for dedicated volunteers to be ready to take charge in the event of a sea turtle stranding at Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier.

For more information and to apply, click the link below!

📸Beautiful Moments Photography by BeBe 

https://gulfarium.com/volunteer/
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C.A.R.E. FAQs

What can I do to ensure a clear path to the ocean for hatchlings?2023-03-15T17:51:55-05:00
Remove all beach chairs, umbrellas, and other items at the end of the day to avoid obstruction during sea turtle nesting season. Flatten sand castles and fill in holes at the end of your beach visit to create a safe path for nesting females and sea turtle hatchlings.
Why do I have to turn off beach lights at night?2023-03-15T17:51:55-05:00
Lighting pollution is a serious threat to many types of wildlife, particularly nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. Nesting females use the moonlight to direct themselves when returning to the ocean and when hatchlings burst from the nest, they scramble for the brightest horizon, typically the moon glimmering off the water. Artificial lights can lead the turtles away from the safety of the water. Between May through October, from dusk until dawn, turn all exterior lights visible from the beach off from dusk to dawn and avoid flashlights, fireworks, and bonfires on the beach. If you must use a flashlight, apply a red filter or covering to make it sea turtle safe.
How close can I get if I encounter a sea turtle?2023-03-15T17:51:55-05:00
Approaching within 50 yards of a sea turtle is illegal.  Please observe from a distance. Do not feed, or attempt to feed, any marine turtles. If you encounter a sea turtle while you are in a water vehicle, please slow down and operate at a no-wake speed.
How close can I get to a sea turtle nest?2023-03-15T17:51:55-05:00
Approaching within 50 yards of a sea turtle nest is illegal.  Please observe from a distance.
What do I do if I find a stranded animal?2023-03-15T17:51:55-05:00
If the animal appears to be injured or dead, call to notify the appropriate authorities.  To report a stranded animal in Alabama, call 1-(866)-SEA-TURT (1-866-732-8878), and in Florida, call 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922).  Do not touch the animal, remove it from the beach, or attempt to push it back into the water as this can cause the animal to re-strand and die.  Instead, monitor the animal from a safe distance.  While waiting for authorities to arrive, note the position of the animal and monitor its breathing.

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