Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital News (October 28, 2013)

Surf City, NC (Topsail Island) October 28, 2013

Getting our move on

The new water system will be totally installed and undergoing final testing by the time you read this. After watching the “pros” work we certainly made the right decision when we decided not to even attempt to do it on our own. Once we fill, run and flush the system at least once (to get all the plumbing debris and goo out of the pipes) we’ll drain and fill again, this time with salt water. We’ll do one final run to make sure there are absolutely no surprises before pronouncing it turtle-ready.

Then the real fun begins: moving our herd of large and very excited flippered critters into vehicles, caravanning them up the island, over the bridge and into their (and our) new home. People always ask: “How do you move those big turtles?” Very slowly and carefully and with a lot of muscle power. See the picture of Ocean’s 11 being moved from her tank right before her release last month.

It’s been a long time coming. Stay tuned for pics when the big day finally arrives.

Gift shop hours change during move

The last day to shop (for a while) will be Wednesday, October 30th from 2-4 PM. We’ll be working our carapaces off during the month of November getting everyone settled in our new home and into what promises to be very new routines. The good news is, when we open again at the end of November the entire building will finally be open, and our turtles will be receiving visitors for the first time since the summer of 2012.

The gift shop and tour hours for November are: Friday, 11/29 from 2-4 PM and Saturday, 11/30 from 10 AM – 2 PM. We’re restocking our shelves with even more of our logo and other exclusive hospital designed T’s, including long-sleeved T’s, warm hoodies and sweats, lots of youth and toddler items and an array of locally crafted jewelry and Christmas decorations.

We’ll be opening the gift shop and hospital during selective days in December. Watch this column and our Facebook page (The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center) for holiday shopping hours and any special events.

You’re important to our turtles

There’s still the possibility of a few very late hatches, and with the surprising blast of arctic air that sent a few nights into the 30’s we also need to be thinking about the first wave of cold stuns. Our visitors and residents are very important to our hospital and beach program because we can’t be everywhere 24/7. If you come across turtle tracks, a hatching nest, hatchlings or any sized turtle on the beach or in the water that appears to be in distress contact our Director of Beach Operations, Terry Meyer at 910-470-2880. She will pick up turtle calls no matter what time of the day or night. Please report any and all local sea turtle activity (strandings, injured or sick turtles) immediately to Terry. She can be reached at: topsailseaturtle@aol.com for non-emergencies.

Questions, comments, suggestions??

Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions re: this column to me at: flippers@att.net. This column moves to the off-season schedule of publication of every other week with this edition. To be added to the newsletter list e-mail me at the same address: flippers@att.net. If your e-mail address has recently changed please send me your new one so I can update my master list. I’ve been adding everyone who requests the newsletter, but the next one won’t come out until after we make the move to the new facility.