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Archive for May 2017

Busy Nights in Peak Season

We have had some busy, busy nights out on Juno Beach!  We’re in the historically peak leatherback nesting period, and once again the turtles are showing up. Our beach is currently hosting nesting leatherback, loggerhead, and green sea turtles.  It’s quite the treat for us to see three different species of sea turtles at night on our…

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center to release* “Lilly” the sea turtle, named after Palm Beach resort wear icon Lilly Pulitzer

“Lilly” the sea turtle is going home on Tuesday, May 30, after being treated at Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s (LMC) sea turtle hospital in Juno Beach, Florida. The large sub-adult loggerhead turtle was found last October just north of the Center with a deep shell wound above the turtle’s shoulder. LMC’s hospital staff treated the injury…

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A Three-Peat Nester for World Turtle Day

Tuesday was World Turtle Day and we celebrated at midnight with our favorite kind of turtle, a leatherback sea turtle!.  It was our first three-peat nester, Gisli.  She came up near low tide and had a long crawl up the beach.  She took her time nesting, but to our delight she was extra vocal from…

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Balloon Bonanza

Have you ever wondered where a balloon ends up after it floats away?  Well down here in Florida, there’s a good chance it’ll find its way into the ocean, and into a sea turtle’s stomach.  Our patrols found over one hundred balloons on Juno Beach on Sunday and Monday.  Many of them were cheerfully wishing…

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May 2017 Newsletter

CEO CHATTER WITH JACK LIGHTON Dear Friend of LMC: Sea turtles tell us the health of our ocean, and our ocean tells us the health of our planet! The 9.5-mile stretch of beach that LMC monitors is one of the most densely-nested stretch of beach in North America. Sea turtle nesting season is here, and…

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Surfrider Foundation seek ocean-friendly restaurants

In response to the increase of plastic pollution in coastal zones and ocean gyres, Surfrider Foundation’s Palm Beach County Chapter and Loggerhead Marinelife Center have partnered to bring the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program to restaurants in Palm Beach County. “The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program is designed to work with local restaurants and cafes…

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Just in Time for Mother's Day

The nesting beaches have been packed this week as more and more turtles come to Juno to nest.  Have you checked the loggerhead nest numbers? It seems like all our sea turtles wanted to squeeze in another nest in time for Mother’s Day!  One of our most exciting encounters this week was with a leatherback…

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No Doubt A-boat It

Katabatik came back!  She is our first repeat nester of the season!  If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember that Katabatik is one of the leatherbacks Dr. Perrault encountered while conducting research for his Ph.D.  Hopefully we’ll catch this special girl nesting again!  The night was a turtle two-fer, and we encountered another leatherback named…

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Scarps Make Sea Turtles Fly

What a strange week it’s been!  Nesting was slow for most of the week.  Dramatic scarps formed early in the week, preventing most sea turtles from nesting.  With a four-foot plus vertical obstruction in their way, even leatherbacks, which very rarely false crawl, were turning back.  Only the most determined mammas could scale the scarp…

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Guarded by Gisli

The leatherbacks are here in full force!  We’ve had some busy nights out on Juno Beach.  We added a new girl, Lorna, to our nesting database this week.  We found this untagged leatherback just as she was digging her egg chamber on Juno Beach.  She was small, measuring only a little more than 4.5 ft…

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