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What is the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue?

Ryan Kerbow
StarNews
Jean Beasley with the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center prepares to give a shot to a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle named Dixon Thursday afternoon Nov. 27, 2008 on Topsail Beach, N.C. as Jennifer Bragaw and Sandy Sly hold onto the turtle.  The turtle along with nine others have been found washed ashore cold stuned along North Carolina Beaches and transported to the hospital.  Staff Photo BY KEN BLEVINS / WILMINGTON STAR NEWS

Jean Beasley with the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center prepares to give a shot to a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle named Dixon Thursday afternoon Nov. 27, 2008 on Topsail Beach, N.C. as Jennifer Bragaw and Sandy Sly hold onto the turtle. Staff Photo BY KEN BLEVINS / WILMINGTON STAR NEWS

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center was founded in 1995 by Jean Beasley and opened officially in 1997. In 2014, the center moved from its old, smaller location on Topsail Beach. Now in a 13,000-square-foot facility at the end of a gravel road less than a mile from Surf City’s swing bridge, the nonprofit facility is staffed by volunteers and receives no state or federal funding.

According to its mission statement, the sea turtle hospital is dedicated to

* The conservation and protection of all species of marine turtles, both in the water and on the beach

* The rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured sea turtles

* Informing and educating the public regarding the plight of all sea turtles and the threat of their extinction

* Providing an experiential learning site for students of biology, wildlife conservation and/or veterinary medicine from around the world.

The center has rehabilitated and released more than 300 turtles since 1997. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: 302 Tortuga Lane, (Mainland) Surf City, N.C.

Phone: (910) 328-3377

Emergency number, to report sick or injured turtles: (910) 470-2800 or (910) 470-2880

Website: SeaTurtleHospital.org

Blog: SeaTurtleHospitalblog.com

Facebook: Facebook.com /SeaTurtleHospital

Visits: The facility opens for visits in the summer, but call or check the website before going as dates and times vary. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for military and seniors and $3 for children.

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