Thursday, 13 February 2014

Turtles & Dolphins in the Florida Keys!

On Marathon Key there is a place called the 'Turtle Hospital' where they rescue, rehab and (hopefully) release injured and diseased turtles! 

We went on a 2 hour tour of the hospital where we got to see new arrivals and permanent residents (which are too injured to be released into the wild again.) These turtles are normally hurt by boats, nets and pollution of the water. It was amazing to see how they helped them and prepared them for release.


I love this photo! 


Here is our tour guide:



This little turtle is only a few weeks old!



I love the way that these two turtles mirror each other, almost like a reflection.




A gasp for breath!
This particular turtle had a tumour weighing him down so he struggled to breath.


It looks like they are holding hands!



 A sneeze?




Later on in the day, we were on the beach in Marathon when suddenly a pod of bottle-nosed dolphins appeared! 

We were even lucky enough to watch them working as a team to catch fish. In the picture below you can see one of the dolphins creating a line of sand which he/she has created to direct the fish!


In the background you can see a big metal structure (which looks a little bit like the Eiffel Tower)
Thats where we went scuba-diving!



Here they are eating up all the fish! If you look closely enough you can see some of the fish jumping into the air.




We encountered some more dolphins later on in holiday which I managed to get some brilliant shots of!