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Leatherback Nesting Season Week 10: The Penultimate Week

The second to last week of the night crew’s 2019 leatherback season is complete. Even though the calendar says their season should be winding down, the turtles definitely did not receive that message. We encountered 10 leatherbacks, bringing our total number of sampled females to 92, and we have seen all but two of them…

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Leatherback Nesting Season Week 8 Update: Body Condition Study

This has been a special and extremely exciting week for our night crew on Juno Beach.  In collaboration with Upwell, a California based marine research and conservation 501(c)3 nonprofit, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, we have been able to help weigh nesting leatherback turtles!!  Our goal is to examine and score the body condition…

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Week 7: Daytime Nesters, Strandings, and More!

Night crew is now past the half way point of the season, but is still keeping up with the momentum. There were 8 encounters this week! We saw two leatherbacks for the second time, Katabatik (tagged in 2008) and Angie (tagged in 2012). The other five ladies were first time encounters this season. We encountered…

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Leatherback Nesting Season Week 6 and Injuries Update

Week Six started off slowly for nesting leatherbacks, however activity picked up rather quickly!  We ended the week with 10 individuals to bring our total number of sampled females to 50!!  The night crew were able to catch three turtles for the second time this nesting season: Shirleen, Sage, and Kitty!  We also encountered seven…

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2019 Leatherback Nesting Season: Week Five Recap

Week five is a wrap! Leatherbacks are now up to 78 nests. Night crew encountered 9 individuals this week, some returners and some new nesters. The first encounter was Kitty. This is our first time seeing her this season, but was originally tagged in 2010. Her carapace was 143.2cm (4.69 ft) long. Virginia was the…

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2019 Leatherback Nesting Season: Week 4 Recap

Juno Beach and Jupiter are teeming with activity, which is keeping the night crew quite busy into the early morning hours. Week Four brought ten leatherback nesters onto the beach, bringing the total number of sampled mothers to 32!! Some turtles of interest in include a pair mothers who were first tagged back in 2003,…

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2019 Leatherback Nesting Season: Week Three Recap

Another successful week has gone by, on about 9.5 miles of beach, we are up to 41 nests. We have encountered 7 individuals this week. The first lovely lady we saw was named Buttercup, who was first tagged in 2012 and we last saw her in 2016. Her carapace length was 150.3 cm (4.93 feet).…

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The 2019 leatherback season is here!

A new leatherback season is upon us and there has been no shortage of activity on Juno Beach.  Nightly beach patrols have been underway since April 1, and we were lucky enough to see some turtles that very night! Our first encounter of the season was Shirleen, who was first tagged a few years ago…

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2018 leatherback season overview

Well, we had an awesome leatherback nesting season! We have 154 leatherbacks nests on the beaches we patrol, which is exciting for us as we only had 97 last year. Of our 154 nests, our nighttime tagging team had 108 encounters! We saw 62 individual leatherback turtles this year, including 24 new mamas and some…

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