Assistant | Israel Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
The internships involves daily cleaning of the tank, cleaning of the turtles, feeding, maintenance, giving the turtles lots of love and special treatment (he mentioned turtle massages!), treating their wounds, and some PR as well.
Yaniv said it's not a typical 9-5 because you have to work around the schedule of the turtle. For example, they may get a turtle at 4PM and then have to operate on it through the night.
The Israel Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center was established in Mikhmoret in the end of the 1990s, and it serves mainly for the rescuing of injured turtles which are brought to it- from the moment the turtles arrive here, through their veterinary treatment and until they are returned to nature, if their condition allows that. The turtles receive dedicated treatment- from blood tests, through x-rays to complicated surgeries. The everyday activity, done mainly by volunteers, includes the cleaning and feeding of the turtles. Some of the turtle rescue stories are fascinating and it is very much recommended to come here for the guided tours which take place on Saturdays and are suitable especially for families. These include a presentation about the life cycle of the turtles, description of the dangers which threaten them and a tour in the treatment yard. During this last part of the visit you will get to meet the various patients in this place from up close, learn about their story and about the amazing work that is being done here at this center
February session: Intern will see the most amount of injured sea turtles, so you will learn a lot about rehabilitation.
May session: This is mating/nesting season, so interns will also learn a lot about that and witness it.
Check out the current Career Israel intern at the center, Ophek!
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