Just steps away from our slip is the Key West Turtle Museum, a non-profit museum and research facility, where you can learn all about these incredible reptiles known for their longevity.
In 1513, Ponce de Leon mentioned in his writings the waters were so full of loggerhead turtles that he named the islands “Tortugas” – Spanish for turtles.
The Museum used to be cannery, and local legends claim it may have been the first pay-to-see attraction in Key West. It’s said turtle wranglers charged tourists a ten cent viewing fee!
Local turtle species were almost extinct in the early 1900’s due to over fishing.
It wasn’t until the 1950’s that conservation and rescue efforts were implemented. These efforts include promoting awareness, protecting habitats, and tagging for research.
The Key West Turtle Museum is a fun, educational family friendly attraction – and admission is free.
Be sure to stop by the Museum after your Wild Dolphin Adventures charter!