Barrier Island Sanctuary

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PICT1681View the skulls of the whales at Barrier Island Sanctuary in Melbourne Beach. One skull of the Humpback Whale washed up 3 blocks from the Cocoa Beach Pier and the other a Fin Whale washed up in Palm Coast. Walk along the observation deck and read the tablets about the Fin and Humpback whales.

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Several species of fish, Diamondback Terrapin a species of turtle, Hermit Crab and lobster found in the aquariums throughout the sanctuary.

Watch a film in the auditorium about saving the turtles. The Juvenile Green and Loggerhead Turtles found in the Indian River Lagoon. When the Loggerhead Sea Turtle reaches adulthood they can weigh up to 300 pounds, the Green Turtle can weigh 400 pounds and the Leatherback Sea Turtle can weigh up to 900 pounds.

Stroll along the boardwalk to the beach or hike the one-mile trail. Sit on one of the picnic tables, relax and enjoy the landscape. Entrance to the sanctuary is free; hours of operation are on the website.

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