Exciting News from Tybee’s Island Marine Science Center

February 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Marine Science Center

Tybee Island, GA – The Marine Science Center is in the process of updating their Coastal Georgia Gallery with a grant from Home Depot, which will cover the material costs of infrastructure updates, such as widening the gallery’s doorway to accommodate the installation of an 800 gallon sea turtle tank.  The tank is a donation from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and was delivered to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center on January 25th by Mark Dodd, sea turtle researcher and biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The tank weighs around 500 pounds and required a specially built cart and an assembly of the strongest guys on the island to get the tank off the truck, on to the cart, and into the science center.

Main Photo: (Courtesy of TIMSC) Strong guys, left to right are Jason DuBoque, Todd Smith, Chris Williamson, Mark Dodge, Michael Partridge, Joel Rodriguez.

Main Photo: (Courtesy of TIMSC) Strong guys, left to right are Jason DuBoque, Todd Smith, Chris Williamson, Mark Dodge, Michael Partridge, Joel Rodriguez.

The Coastal Gallery is 764 square feet and comprised of four rooms; Ocean, Beach, Herp Hall, and the Marsh. This project is an in-house production, the reason the science center was closed for most of January.

The Home Depot grant enabled the center to remove the false ceiling tiles and grids, and clean, wrap and paint the ductwork to give height to the rooms. They are also installing halogen track lighting and industrial ceiling fans. All the walls are being primed and painted, and the flooring replaced. Additionally, Home Depot is supplying free  rental equipment, volunteers, and the building materials needed for the exhibits

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