Huge THANK YOU to Friends International for making this trip possible - we are having such a blast!!

Yesterday we began the day with a visit to the Sea Turtle Preservation Center in Indiatlantic where we learned about some of the projects that they are working on to help save sea turtles. After that we did a beach clean-up followed by some free time for swimming and beach combing. After that we went back to our campsite where we made dinner and played a game of volleyball before heading to Sebastian Inlet. We went to the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum where we saw a presentation about sea turtles followed by a late-night turtle walk. Unfortunately we didn't get to see a turtle but we did learn that a female sea turtle can lay up to 600 eggs in one laying season and only 1 in 1,000 baby turtles survive! Also, we learned that the leatherback sea turtle is the largest of the 5 species and can weigh up 2,000 pounds...what?!

-Alex G.

Sea Turtle Preservation Center

Turtle nest view (about 100 eggs per nest, golf ball size)

Beach clean-up

Team Uniforms (thank you Paul and David for our awesome t-shirts)!

Homemade cabana for shade :)

by Nicole M. 

After our long first day in Florida and a night of sleeping in the heat we ate breakfast and got ready to head off to do some beach cleaning. We picked up about two wal-mart bags full of garbage. After we got done with some cleaning we went swimming in the ocean, and also looked for shells. We hope to make shell necklaces out of them. After we all cooled down from the heat we went to search out a place to eat out lunch. We ended up at a picnic area next to another beach not too far from the one we just left. Once we all ate our lunch we went to the beach and did more swimming. The water here feels like a bath tub, but it refreshes you because it's so humid here. Once we were done swimming it was time to go back to the campsite to start dinner so we could have time to eat with out rushing. Cheeseburgers and hot dogs, yum! We will be eating a ton of cheeseburgers and all beef hot dogs on our trip. Around 8 we left our camp to go to the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum. We learned many cool things. You know how when you find sea shells on the beach and has a hole in the shell, it's like a perfect circle, that circle is from a snail. The name of those holes is "Boreholes". They make these holes by using their proboscis, which is a tooth they keep in their mouth until ready to drill the hole. Or when you see a shell that has a waving line, like a snake trail but smaller, well those lines are made by "Polychaete Worms (marine worms)". This marking is called "snaking grove marks". The worm will secrete an acid, and wiggle his way on the the shell using his little leg things. We also had a little presentation about the most common sea turtles in Florida, the Leatherback turtle, which is endangered, green turtles which are endangered, and the log headed turtles witch are not labeled as endangered but labeled threatened. Then between 10:00pm - 10:30pm we went for a turtle walk. We hoped by walking the beach we might get to see a turtle come up to the beach to lay her eggs. But sadly we were not able to see any turtles. So around 11:30pm we head back to camp and got ready to go bed to try to get some sleep even though its hot and humid. 

Borehole info and example

Sunset over Sebastian Inlet

Julia, Nicole and Alex before our turtle walk

At Sebastian Inlet