Your purchases directly benefit sea turtles.
Ocean & Co continues to contribute to various organizations, but now you can learn more about the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center!
Ocean & Co has continued to make contributions to a variety of charities and organizations dedicated to ocean conservation, but the one with the closest ties is the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center. So after you buy your items from O&Co, what is the place that is benefitting from your sales?
Located in Surf City, North Carolina, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to “the conservation and preservation of all species of marine turtles, both in the water and on the beach.”
What happens at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center?
Sea turtles and other marine life forms are rescued from the wild, given expert treatment, and eventually re-released into the wild to live out their lives. There are “forty or so” sea turtles in the Rehabilitation Center at any one time and all receive specialized diets, wound care, and anything an individual turtle may need.
Beyond the expert care given to marine life, the Rehabilitation Center offers a host of other services including: sea turtle tracking, sea turtle nesting help and surveying along the Topsail Island coast, and educational field trips and internships beyond the usual volunteer opportunities.
You read that right, you could work with real sea turtles!
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center is staffed by volunteers who are tasked with working directly with the animals in their care as well as giving tours to the public and helping with educational opportunities in the community of Surf City. No pre-registration is required and you will learn everything you need to know on the job!
Unfortunately, the Rehabilitation Center is closed to the public currently during the winter months, but will re-open to the public in April!
Who was Karen Beasley?
Karen Beasley was the organizer of the Topsail Turtle Project with the goal of preserving and protecting the nesting sites, hatchlings, and female turtles as they laid their eggs. When Ms. Beasley passed away, her mother Jean took the helm and is now the Executive Director of both the hospital and the nesting conservation program.
On November 7, 2013 the Sea Turtle Center facility opened its doors in Surf City bearing Karen Beasley’s name in her honor. The previous facility was 900 square feet and the new center is over 13,000. The new space allows for the 40+ turtle patients to have ample room as they continue to regain their health.
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center continues to serve the community and the ecosystem as a champion of conservation and Ocean & Co is proud to help support such a wonderful institution.