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‘Ding’ Darling film series to air 'Saving Sea Turtles'

February 13, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The seventh annual "Ding" Darling Wednesday Film Series will continue its biweekly showings on Feb. 20 with a showing of "Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction."

It will take place at 1 p.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.

Narrated by renowned scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle, the feature-length independent documentary tells the larger natural history of the world's rarest sea turtle, the Kemp's ridley, and how humans pushed a healthy population to the precipice of extinction and are now slowly helping it to recover.

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The film “Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction” explores the demise and recovery of the Kemp’s ridley, today’s rarest sea turtle.

Winner of the Green Spark Award at the American Conservation Film Festival in 2017, the film tells the inspiring story of devoted people from New England to Mexico, whose collaborative work is helping to save the ancient species from going extinct.

"Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free film showings with sponsorship from Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

The season's remaining films are:

- March 6: "Jane"

- March 20: "Invasion of the Giant Pythons"

- April 3: "Saving Atlantis"

A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people's points of view and analyzing what they just watched.

For full film descriptions, visit



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