Apr 08, 2019

Newsletter | April 2019

Squirt 2 Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

April Newsletter Walking Tours & History Classes are done for the Season Our Tours & Classes received Rave Reviews! Hopefully, you were able to join us for a tour or class this season and learned a little about our local history.  Our new wireless audio equipment was a great addition to our tours, significantly increasing the quality and experience.  Thanks again to the Shively Charitable Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for providing the funds for this equipment. Tours will start up again next January. Stay tuned for future dates for our History Classes.  More 'Tails' along the Harborwalk... Lots of Progress on the "TAILS FROM THE HARBOR" Mural The weather is cooperating and Artist Skip Dyrda is adding new elements  daily. Stop by and take a look. A little story about a very special Sea Turtle After some research and a trip to Mote Aquarium, our Artist Skip Dryda uncovered a really neat story about a sea turtle who lived in the Peace River off the coast of Punta Gorda. This Kemp's Ridley sea turtle was rescued by Mote Aquarium in April 2015 and named Squirt 2.  He was in very bad shape having been hit in the eye by a boat propeller and was suffering from pneumonia.  Mote nursed him back to health and he is now a permanent resident of the aquarium. Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles are very rare and extremely endangered but once existed in large numbers in our waters prior to the 1940's.  One of the smallest of the sea turtles, they can reach 24" in length, weigh 100 pounds and are native

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