It’s at once a grim and hopeful statistic: Poppins, a 10-pound juvenile green sea turtle, made history Nov. 11 as the 25,000th sea turtle intake at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet. The science center, which has rehabilitated sea turtles since its opening in 2002, is the only permitted center in Volusia County. Whether it be performing surgery on injured turtles, giving hatchlings a place to rest if they became too tire to swim in the Atlantic Ocean, or providing medication to sick turtles, the center is equipped for whatever comes their way.

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