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SCCF talks turtles at Shell Point

By Staff | Jun 8, 2012


Shell Point’s Academy of Lifelong Learning welcomes the public to learn about turtles, tortoises and terrapins in a presentation by Kristie Anders, education director of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation.

This free presentation is scheduled at 1 p.m. on July 13 in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands in Shell Point Retirement Community. Space is limited, so reservations are required to attend. Callall (239) 489-8472 to reserve a seat.

What are the differences between turtles, tortoises, and terrapins? The most common of these reptiles living among us are the Gopher Tortoises, Kemp’s Ridley, and Loggerhead Sea Turtles. However, most people are unaware that the only known species to live in brackish water, the Diamondback Terrapin, is right in our backyard.

Anders will share her experiences with sea turtles over the last 25 years, including stories and facts regarding these animals, which literally can be traced to the age of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.

“We are so lucky to share our environment with these beautiful and majestic creatures,” said Teri Kollath, manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “It is a pleasure to have as an engaging and knowledgeable a presenter as Ms. Anders offer this class to help us understand more about the differences between these species, as well as learn more about their amazing lifestyle.”

The Academy at Shell Point is a lifelong learning

educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. It provides from 70 to 90 classes each semester, encompassing a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults.

Shell Point is located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway.