Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch, Inc

2015 Turtle Trot
What a beautiful day for a Turtle Trot.  Thank you to the Amelia Island Runners for organizing the 2015 Turtle Trot on Amelia Island.  We appreciate your support!
Amazing Turtle Release on Amelia Island, 6/4/15
A sea turtle’s incredible long journey home
It’s an incredible journey, starting with a sea turtle rescued in Florida, rehabilitated in Georgia and then settled seemingly for good at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium due to flipper injuries and lack of mobility. But this sub-adult green sea turtle came back home to Florida today! The turtle known as “Sunburst” was released in the Atlantic Ocean waters off Fernandina Beach just after noon. Sunburst was able to make this return home because the turtle once judged “non-releasable” has made a comeback! Our shelled friend has sufficiently recovered to rejoin its brethren in the briny sea. This is a very rare occurrence, since most sea turtles deemed non-releasable remain at the zoos, aquariums and nature centers that accept them. But the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's excellent care helped restore Sunburst to health, and both the veterinarian who rehabbed it at the Georgia Sea Turtle Centerand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concurred this turtle is ready to go! One mystery remains. It’s not clear whether this turtle is a male or female, because of the difficulty in detecting gender. If this tenacious turtle is a female, she may come back to Florida someday to lay her eggs!
Shrimp Festival 2015
Volunteers for Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch, Inc participated in the Isle Of Eight Flags, Shrimp Festival Parade.
Dune Restoration Project at Amelia Surf and Racquet, Amelia Island, Florida
Thank you to Dotty and Charlie Heritage for participating in a dune restoration project representing the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch, Inc.  The project was conducted by the management board of the Amelia Surf and Racquet complex with the help of a number of volunteers and residents.  Planting sea oats helps restore and maintain our fragile beach environment so critical to the survival of a variety of species of flora and fauna, especially our endangered sea turtles.

We participated in the 2014 Shrimp Festival Parade.  Another successful event!

Sea Turtle Release


The Georgia Sea Turtle Center successfully released 3 rehabilitated sea turtles at Main Beach on Monday, October 17, 2011.  Duval (juvenile green), Marti (juvenile green), and Squall (adult female loggerhead) were sent back home to the ocean.  Click the link below for more information and pictures.

Dori is on her way to the surf.  Another juvenile green sea turtle, Dori is sporting a radio transmitter.  She can be tracked on the Georgia Sea Turtle Center website,