Join Sheraton Suites Key West and Help Preserve the Sea Turtle Population
Sea turtles are highly endangered and serve a vital role in the ecosystem. Sea turtle populations worldwide are dwindling. Sea turtles are found in all of the world's oceans but nesting is restricted to tropical and subtropical beaches. In the continental United States, sea turtles are found in the Gulf of Mexico from Texas through Florida and along the eastern seaboard from the Florida Keys to as far north as Canada during the warmer months.
Nesting has been recorded from as far north as New Jersey and Virginia and as far west as Texas, but most sea turtle nesting in the U.S. occurs in the southeastern states, particularly on the Atlantic coast of Florida. We hope that you will help us protect these magnificent creatures by remembering a few simple things:
- Shield indoor light from shining out of your room at night by closing the draperies.
- It's against the law to touch or disturb nesting turtles, hatchlings or their nest.
- Sea turtles are protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Florida Marine Turtle Protection Act
- If you see an injured sea turtle, please contact the Florida Fish and Wild Life at (888) 404-FWCC
Sheraton Suites Key West is contributing to the cause by placing 'Link' the stuffed animal sea turtle in every guest room. 'Link' can be purchased for $14.95. A portion of the sale of "Link" the sea turtle will be donated to the Turtle Hospital of Marathon, Florida, which is a non-profit organization. To date, the Turtle Hospital has successfully released over 1000 sea turtles. The Turtle Hospital is the only state-certified veterinary hospital in the world for sea turtles. It was opened in Marathon, Florida in 1986 and has four main goals:
- Rehabilitate sick or injured sea turtles and return to the wild
- Educate the public through outreach programs
- Conduct and assist with sea turtle research in conjunction with state universities
- Work for environmental legislation to make the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles
Thank you for your support! Be sure to visit their website at www.turtlehospital.org.