ATLANTA (September 8, 2017) – Immensely powerful Hurricane Irma will be affecting the southeast United States in the coming days. As evacuations have been mandated in south Florida, residents have traveled inland to safety. Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Fla., has heeded the warnings and evacuated more than just their human staff members.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center team members arrived in Atlanta late on Thursday night, along with more than 50 sea turtles from the facility, which is located just north of West Palm Beach, Fla. The turtles will be cared for by Aquarium and Loggerhead Marinelife Center team members until they are able to head back to Florida.

The turtles arriving at Georgia Aquarium include: loggerhead, green and leatherback turtle hatchlings, and adult green and loggerhead sea turtles. They will be staying in Atlanta as long as needed to ensure they continue to receive care while Loggerhead Marinelife Center staff determines the impact Hurricane Irma will have on their facility.

Georgia Aquarium is proud to offer a temporary home and uninterrupted care to these rescued turtles and to work collaboratively with Loggerhead Marinelife Center.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit education and ocean conservation facility located on the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach County, Fla. They are one of 12 sea turtle rehabilitation facilities in Florida. The facility houses a variety of exhibits, live sea turtles and other coastal creatures. All Loggerhead Marinelife Center sea turtles are rescues, and will be rehabilitated with the ultimate goal to be released back into the ocean. For information on how to help Loggerhead Marinelife Center and to make a donation, please visit https://www.marinelife.org/help/