Sea Turtle Awareness Course Offered May 18th!
It’s turtle time along the Jupiter Coast, but if you don’t know the difference between a loggerhead and a hawksbill you can’t fully appreciate one of the area’s wonders. Jupiter Dive Center can change that. We’ve partnered with Loggerhead Marinelife Center to offer a Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty Course on May 18, 2019.
Five species of sea turtles can be found in our area and all are considered endangered. The three most abundant species are the loggerhead, green, and hawksbill. Less abundant are the leatherbacks and the Kemps’ Ridley sea turtles.
The beaches along Jupiter, Florida host one of the densest sea turtle nesting populations in the nation. That means chances are good that divers will encounter sea turtles whenever they dive, but between March and October, the likelihood of seeing one or more of these fabulous marine creatures skyrockets.
Because of their love of the ocean, divers often become some of the staunchest marine advocates. Our friends over at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center share our enthusiasm, and are dedicated to promoting the conservation of ocean ecosystems and focus their attention on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Together, we provide an in-depth Sea Turtle Awareness program that will help ensure that the magnificent turtles we see today will continue to delight divers well into the future.
The class begins at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center where experts share their knowledge regarding the role sea turtles play in the marine environment, the issues they face, and the steps diver can take to protect sea turtles. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center also provides sea turtle rehabilitation care, and students will be able to see hatchlings as well as adult turtles at the facility.
Following the presentation, students will have time to grab lunch on their own before certified divers will meet at Jupiter Dive Center for an afternoon two-tank guided dive. Divers will focus on identifying the sea turtles they encounter, locating the types of habitat they prefer and noting any visible human impacts affecting the sea turtles.
Divers who complete both the classroom and dives will receive a Sea Turtle Awareness certification.
Jupiter Dive Center is offering this class May 18th. So what are you waiting for? Call (561)745-7807 to reserve your space in the next Sea Turtle Awareness course!