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Drto For Everyone

  1. 1. Kayla’s unusual life at Dry Tortugas National Park:<br />
  2. 2. <ul><li> Dry Tortugas National Park is located 70 miles west of Key West, FL
  3. 3. It contains Fort Jefferson, the largest brick building in the Western Hemisphere!</li></li></ul><li><ul><li> In the 1800’s, all trade using the Mississippi River</li></ul>passed by the park’s waters<br /><ul><li>An enemy country could easily shut-down trade to</li></ul>the colonies if they took control of these waters<br /><ul><li> Therefore, the US constructed the fort to keep enemies </li></ul>out of the colonies and protect trade<br />
  4. 4. <ul><li>The park consists of 100 square miles of water and seven small islands
  5. 5. I live in the fort on Garden Key</li></li></ul><li>There are two ways to get to the park… By sea, or…<br />
  6. 6. …by air<br />
  7. 7. Though most tourists visit on one of two ferries.<br />
  8. 8. Supplies arrive via our park service cutter,<br /> the M/V Fort Jefferson<br />
  9. 9. Where they are then moved via forklift or helicopter<br />
  10. 10. A moat wall protects the fort from big waves<br />
  11. 11. And no moat is complete without a crocodile!<br />
  12. 12. The park’s a small city: We make water, generate<br />electricity, and even have an employee spa (the<br />sewage plant. Mmmmm)<br />
  13. 13. As rain water drips <br />through the bricks, <br />stalactites and stalagmites<br />form just like in caves<br />
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  15. 15. With no city lights for 70 miles, the stars are spectacular. <br />Shoothing stars are seen nightly<br />
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  17. 17. The ocean is on the other side of my bedroom window…<br />
  18. 18. <ul><li> I have a cool job
  19. 19. I SCUBA dive to study</li></ul>fish, corals, seagrass, <br />sea urchins, and<br />even shipwrecks.<br /><ul><li>I also study sea</li></ul>turtles, birds, and plants<br />
  20. 20. I even rescued an adult sea turtle named Wham.<br />She was attacked by a shark and needed our help.<br />
  21. 21. We caught Wham, put her in a big box, …<br />
  22. 22. Loaded her on the back of one of the ferries…<br />
  23. 23. And took her for a boat ride to Key West…<br />Wham<br />
  24. 24. Where the Turtle Hospital ambulance picked her up<br />
  25. 25. Wham underwent surgery at the hospital <br />and three months later…<br />
  26. 26. She was brought back out to the fort and released!  <br />
  27. 27. <ul><li> Prior to the shark attack,</li></ul>scientists put a tag on Wham<br />that lets everyone know<br />where she is. To see where<br />she is now, click here<br /><ul><li>To see a video of her </li></ul>release, click here<br />
  28. 28. <ul><li> In addition to saving</li></ul>Wham, I also monitor<br />sea turtle nesting.<br /><ul><li> Sea turtles crawl up </li></ul>the beach to lay nests<br /><ul><li>Daily, I walk along </li></ul>beaches looking for <br />“turtle crawls”<br />
  29. 29. I follow the tracks looking for piles of sand<br />that form the turtle nests.<br />
  30. 30. I always take new<br />people along and <br />do a wacky “turtle<br />dance” to show them<br />how the turtles <br />make their nests…<br />
  31. 31. <ul><li> After the nests hatch,</li></ul>My friends and I<br />dig up the nest to<br />rescue any babies <br />that got stuck.<br /><ul><li> We move HUGE</li></ul>amounts of sand…<br />
  32. 32. Usually we only find one or two babies, but sometimes,<br />we find dozens!<br />
  33. 33. We release the babies, and they quickly scurry <br />to the ocean<br />
  34. 34. Meet Pedro…<br />
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  36. 36. <ul><li> I also catch older turtles to study them.
  37. 37. We paint them like dice so we can tell them apart.</li></li></ul><li>We have an abundance of beautiful boobies. They’re <br />alwaysseen in pairs, and we see brown boobies most <br />often in the summer.<br />
  38. 38. We also have about 30,000 birds that nest at the park. <br />These birds have no predators and therefore, no fears.<br />You can catch them easily with bare hands…<br />
  39. 39. Frigatebirds have a wingspan of seven feet…<br />Yet they weigh less than two pounds!<br />
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  44. 44. We have MILLIONS and MILLIONS of hermit crabs….<br />
  45. 45. The dark areas in the water above are corals. The park<br /> has the best coral reefs in the Western Hemisphere!<br />
  46. 46. We have fish that weigh as much as four <br />people combined!<br />Highschoolers in Denver study these fish via a live<br />webcam under our dock. Visit teens4oceans.org<br />
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  48. 48. Our moat has THOUSANDS <br />of upside down jellyfish<br />
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  50. 50. I catch, pet, and tag mating nurse sharks!<br />
  51. 51. I participate in underwater photo-shoots…<br />
  52. 52. And my boyfriend and I dive on shipwrecks to study them<br />
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  55. 55. Spectacular sunsets are seen from the fort<br />
  56. 56. Loggerhead Key has a lighthouse built in the early 1800’s<br />
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  59. 59. And finally, my boyfriend, Chris, and my kitten, Calie!<br />Aren’t they cute?<br />

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