My Florida Highlight – A Visit to the Turtle Hospital

Florida doesn’t only offer incredible nature, for example in the Everglades National Park, but there are also plenty of animals that we don’t have in Europe. Hence, a visit to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon in the Florida Keys was a must for me!

My Florida Highlight - A Visit to the Turtle Hospital

An often overlooked stop when visiting the Florida Keys is the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. If you’ve read my blog post about my time in Gili Trawagan in Indonesia (read more here), then you’ll know that I am OBSESSED with turtles!

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So when I was doing my research of places to go around the Miami area, me and my friend quickly figured out that we want to drive down to Key West and I came across the Turtle Hospital on a website!

The Turtle Hospital is located in Marathon and you’ll easily spot it if you’re on the Overseas Highway. Just look out for the Turtle Ambulance (pictured above) and their mintgreen building.

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Admission is $25.00 which includes a 90 minute long educational tour of the facilities, including the hospital facilities and the different tanks where the turtles are kept. The tours run every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The hospital has 23 individual tanks for treating emergencies and a big saltwater pool for permanent residents. Unfortunately, some turtles have been hurt so severely, that they would not survive in the wild. They will either stay in the Turtle Hospital for the rest of their lives or they will be adopted by zoos or aquariums.

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Many turtles come here because they have been hit by boats and am therefore floating, unable to get to the ground or they have ingested plastic which sometimes needs to be removed surgically. This visit has made me so much more aware of the problems that plastic causes for nature and the harm it can do to animals.

You can find out more about the Turtle Hospital here: www.turtlehospital.org

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