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Saturday, May 18, 2024

In Pictures and Words: Jean Beasley’s fight to save the sea turtles

How it all began, the human threat, and Hurricane Florence's impact on Topsail Island's upcoming nesting season.

Volunteers are taught to carefully hold a turtle that had received two bites from an unknown predator at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)
Volunteers at Surf City’s sea turtle hospital are taught to carefully hold a turtle that had received two bites from an unknown predator. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

SURF CITY — In 1995 Jean Beasley had a tub in a friend’s backyard on Topsail Island where she cared for her first rescued sea turtle.

More than two decades later, Beasley runs a 14,500 square-foot hospital that is on the forefront of sea turtle conservation and medicine.

When a group of cold stunned loggerhead turtles recently arrived at the hospital, Port City Daily headed to Surf City for a sit-down with Beasley and a glimpse of what was going on in the hospital’s sick bay.

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Beasley talked about the history of the hospital, its role in mitigating the human threat to an endangered animal, and the possible impacts of Hurricane Florence on this summer’s nesting season.

Read the story below: 

Jean Beasley and her fight to save the sea turtles

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