Friday, June 13, 2014

Visiting the sea turtles at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

I took a quick trip to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center with my older sister a while back. It's a great little mangrove hamlet in the middle of a bustling city, right on the Intracoastal Waterway. The center -- in addition to providing a little slice of natural Florida to the area -- rescues and rehabilitates sea turtles, too. When we visited, they were in the middle of constructing an addition to their turtle rehab.

The trees in the above photo are Red Mangroves. They grow in areas containing brackish water and develop these unique prop roots which hold them above the water level. Mangroves provide habitats for all kinds of shoreline creatures, such as the large amount of crabs we saw scuttling around in the leaf duff.

My sister and I puttered around the boardwalk and climbed the Center's observation tower, which I believe is 40 feet high. It offered a nice view of the Intracoastal and surrounding area.

No sisters were harmed in the creation of the above photograph. ;)

After we had our fun on the boardwalk, we stopped to visit the sea turtles in the rehab area. Such sweet creatures; too many of them were there due to boating incidents. This fella had an injured eye, so he looked like he was winking at us. ;)

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