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Loggerhead Marinelife Center Receives Charity Navigator's Top Ranking for Third Year in a Row

Charity Navigator, the leading independent evaluator of more than 8,000 charities nationwide, has awarded Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) in Juno Beach 4 stars — its highest rating. “Only 14% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Loggerhead Marinelife Center outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional…

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Sharks – Terrors or Unwarranted Targets of the Deep Blue Sea?

Sharks – Terrors or Unwarranted Targets of the Deep Blue Sea? [Photo Credit: Alan Egan | www.alancegan.com] Recently, NPR released the article Please, Let’s Not Find Dory urging the general public to refrain from purchasing Pacific Blue Tangs in celebration of Finding Dory. The author points out that throughout film history, after a friendly animal film…

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Flashback Friday Part 1: LMC's Connections to the Past

Flashback Friday Part 1: LMC’s Connections to the Past We have become the adults from our childhood dreams – a phrase many adults do not get to utter, but for several Loggerhead volunteers and staff members we are able to say this with pride. Each one of the volunteers and staff members below had a…

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A Timeless Tale

A Timeless Tale Enter into the turtle yard on any given day and you will spot a group of school children huddled around a sea turtle tank, straining their necks to catch a glimpse of the turtle surfacing for air. Their eyes widen in amazement when they witness the turtle’s flipper stroke the brim of…

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End of season wrap-up

Last night marked our last night of the season surveying for leatherback turtles.  It is bittersweet; we will miss seeing these beautiful animals each night but we could all use a suntan!  While we did not see any leatherbacks on our last couple of surveys, we have had quite a successful season this year and…

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Summer, Staycations and Sea Turtles – Oh my!

Jealous of your neighbor who’s going on a Mediterranean cruise? Wishing you were on a road trip to California? Sometimes, summertime ushers in more wanderlust or free time than we know what to do with. The best cure for the summertime blues? A trip to Loggerhead Marinelife Center! With a wide variety of public programs,…

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June 2016 Newsletter

CEO CHATTER WITH JACK LIGHTON Dear Friends of LMC: It is official – summertime is here and so are the nesting sea turtles! I am happy to report that loggerhead sea turtles are nesting in record numbers on our local beaches, which keeps our research team quite busy on the 9.5 mile stretch of beach…

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Cinderella

Our team encountered our first leatherback of the week last night!  She was spotted at 3 am on north Juno Beach; her tags revealed that it was Cinderella.  This turtle has been seen by our biologists two other times this season.  She was first tagged by LMC researchers back in March this year, and was seen…

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A different kind of light

With no leatherbacks yet this week on Juno Beach, there are still plenty of interesting things out on the beach to help pass the time.  Not only are there a lot of loggerheads nesting this time of year, we see yellow crowned night herons and ghost crabs as well.  Last night, we also saw quite…

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Two is our magic number

You guessed it — we saw two more leatherbacks on Juno Beach on last night’s survey!  Both turtles were previously tagged and were spotted less than 30 minutes apart. The first turtle was found just south of LMC at 1 am.  She was tagged by fellow researchers, so we will reach out to them for…

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