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Archive for May 2016

Memorial Day morning leatherbacks

The leatherback action is staying steady on Juno Beach!  Last night, our crew encountered two leatherbacks.  The first was spotted just before midnight on north Juno Beach.  Ainsley was tagged earlier this season by LMC biologists and this is the first time that we have seen her return to Juno since then.  Ainsley was probably nesting on…

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Turtle quartet

What another exciting night we had on Juno!  Our crew encountered four turtles in total, which kept us quite busy.  All of the turtles that we encountered had already been tagged previously. The first turtle to be spotted last night was Cinderella, a turtle that was tagged earlier this season by LMC.  This is her second appearance…

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Bananas!

Even though we encountered just one leatherback on last night’s survey, the night was still BANANAS!  Why was it bananas, you ask?  Well, the turtle we encountered is named Chiquita!  Chiquita was first tagged by LMC in 2009 and was seen nesting four times in that season.  She was spotted crawling out of the ocean on north Juno…

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Finally some leatherbacks!

What an exciting night we had on Juno Beach last night!  We sure missed these busy nights after we went quite a few nights with no leatherbacks in the last week or so.  We encountered a total of four leatherbacks last night; the action started early and pretty much happened all at once! The first…

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Norma's second appearance

After a leatherback-less Sunday night on Juno Beach, researchers were thrilled to spot a leatherback emerging from the surf early on Monday night.  It was around 10 pm when our biologists patiently waited for the turtle to ascend the beach and start digging her egg chamber.  Once the turtle began depositing eggs, we were able…

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May 2016 Newsletter

CEO CHATTER WITH JACK LIGHTON Dear Friends of LMC: Can you believe we are approaching the midpoint of 2016? As the warmth of summertime returns to our magnificent community, we have many fun and exciting plans in store for the entire family. First, let’s focus in on our local beaches. Did you know that the…

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Gertrude

We are happy to report that we closed out our week on a good note: finding a leatherback!  After a quiet week, our team was excited to spot another turtle.  The turtle was found just before 3 am on north Juno Beach and was previously tagged.  Gertrude was originally tagged by LMC researchers in 2012…

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Stormy nights

We sure have battled some pretty intense storms out there on the beach the last couple of nights!  Unfortunately, it’s been quiet this week with the leatherbacks on Juno.  As of last night, we have only encountered one turtle all week. The turtle was spotted on south Juno on Tuesday night, just before midnight.  She…

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Norma

To close out our week last week, we encountered just one leatherback on Juno Beach.  She was a new nester with no tags; she nested on south Juno Beach.  The turtle was named “Norma” and she was successfully sampled, tagged, and documented by our biologists.  Norma was just under 150 cm in length, which is slightly…

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Double trouble

Tonight marks the second night in a row that we’ve had “double trouble” from the leatherbacks — two leatherbacks per night, that is! On Monday night, our big girl Nerita returned to nest on Juno.  If you’ve forgotten how big she is, she was just under 6 feet long!  She is still the largest turtle that…

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