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Loggerhead Marinelife Center expanding to rehabilitate more sea turtles

Posted: 2:20 PM, Sep 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-24 17:35:12-04
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Plastics are everywhere, not just on our beaches but in the food you eat.

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach is not only raising awareness about plastic pollution, but also expanding to rehabilitate more sick sea turtles.

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"You ingest plastics, we ingest plastics everyday," said Dr. Justin Perrault, the Director of Research at LMC.

Dr. Perrault said 90 percent of sea salt has some sort of microplastics in it.

LMC is undergoing a capital expansion to build an auditorium, double their tank space, have a full service research lab, and add a $5,000,000 sea water filtration system.

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"If we have a disaster offshore like an oil spill or an algal bloom, we can close that off so that our patients here are protected," said Dr. Perrault.

The doctor added the filtration system is the latest technology available for stronger water quality control measures for their patients and would make the Loggerhead Marinelife Center among the best in the world.

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