Ossabaw’s big day

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Ossabaw’s big day

Photo by: Kate Ruhrold/UGA

A young loggerhead sea turtle named Ossabaw debuted Oct. 20 at the Skidaway Marine Science Day 2012. Found on Ossabaw Island, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources determined the turtle would not be able to survive on his own and for the past year he’s been cared for by staff, interns and volunteers at UGA’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA). Ossabaw’s debut, and this year’s Marine Science Day, marked 40 years of public service and outreach at the center. Held on Skidaway Island, Marine Science Day is an annual collaboration between the UGA Marine Extension Service’s Shellfish Research Laboratory and MECA, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. “This day was created to give the Savannah community the opportunity to enjoy the sciences and ask questions to learn more about the marine research going on in their community,” says Karin Paquin, assistant curator at MECA. Activities included a shark dissection, reptile show, research vessel tours, marine debris activities, touch tanks and behind-the-scene peeks at the aquarium. For more information, see http://www.marex.uga.edu.