Sea turtles will stay warm with new grant
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center receives $10,000
By John Dzenitis
STUART, Fla. — Construction is slated to begin later this month on a new sea turtle exhibit at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center.
The rescued sea turtles are a star attraction to visitors, but when the water temperature dips in the center’s outdoor exhibit, staff have to move the turtles to hot tubs that are out of the public’s view.

"Anytime our waters drop below 70 degrees, we have to remove the turtles from the [outdoor] exhibit to their hot tubs, behind the scenes," said Brittany Biber, director of animal care and life support.

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.

The grant will allow the center to build a new exhibit that will bring the turtle's hot tubs out from behind the scenes so that they can still be viewed when it's chilly out.

The exhibit is also a pilot program to try and turn the sea turtles' own waste into algae and food.
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