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Marine Science Center reaches milestone

Posted On: November 18, 2020

Marine Science Center reaches milestone

Poppins, a 10-pound juvenile green sea turtle, became an instant celebrity when she arrived at the Marine Science Center (MSC) in Ponce Inlet on Nov. 11. She is the 25,000th turtle to be treated at the center since it opened in 2002.

A very lethargic Poppins was found stranded off the coast of St. Augustine and brought to the MSC, where blood work and other diagnostics were performed to learn more about her condition. Staff cleaned her up; removed her barnacles; and has treated her with antibiotics, fluids, vitamin injections, and a healthy diet of fish and leafy greens. 

According to Turtle Hospital Manager Allie Bernstein, Poppins is doing well and being monitored for eventual release.  

As the only permitted sea turtle rehabilitators in Volusia County, the MSC plays an important role in preserving the health of sea turtles in Central Florida.

While the Marine Science Center is not open to the public at this time, residents can watch videos about the center’s programs and animals on the County of Volusia Facebook page. For more information, visit

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