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SCCF to showcase documentary about recovery efforts for Kemp’s ridley sea turtles

By Staff | May 21, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED “Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction”

In celebration of the rare Kemp’s ridley nest that kicked off the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s 2018 season, an award-winning documentary highlighting the critical role conservation organizations and volunteers are playing in their recovery will be aired.

“Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction” will be shown on June 3 at noon at Island Cinema on Sanibel. Screenings of the film will coincide in two different theaters at the cinema.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from www.eventbrite.com.

Narrated by renowned scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle, the feature-length independent documentary tells the larger natural history story 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. From the beaches of Massachusetts to Mexico, Texas and Georgia, the film highlights the collaborative work that is being done to save a species from going extinct.

Late each autumn, hundreds of sea turtles strand on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, due to hypothermia. For more than 25 years, the New England Aquarium and Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary have worked together to rescue, rehabilitate and release thousands of the sea turtles – mostly Kemp’s ridleys – the world’s most endangered sea turtle.

Over the last decade, the number of stranded turtles has steadily increased, but the late autumn of 2014 saw an unprecedented event as more than 1,200 cold-stunned sea turtles washed ashore. The massive wildlife emergency marshaled an inspiring response within and beyond Massachusetts, that reached from individuals to the federal government, involving over 10 states and 21 institutions. It even showcases “the largest airlift of an endangered species probably anywhere in the United States, quite possibly the world.”

For tickets, visit “Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction” on EventBrite’s website.

Island Cinema is at 535 Tarpon Bay Road.