What forensic analysis can teach us about sea turtles and their predators

By Hannah Nikkinen | January 20, 2023 |

LMC’s Director of Researcher, Dr. Justin Perrault, discovered an interesting wound on the head of a nesting leatherback sea turtle named Windy. Initially, the team was participating in a larger study documenting injuries on turtles that nest on local beaches monitored by LMC, but this inquiry led them to discover much more. The manuscript recently…

TurtleFest 2023 — See you March 18!

By Hannah Nikkinen | January 11, 2023 |

2023 TurtleFest is just around the corner and LMC can’t wait to welcome guests back for the 18th year. This year’s theme: respect the locals- 40 years of sea turtle & ocean conservation. TurtleFest is a free all-day event hosted on Saturday, March 18, (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) located at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and…

Loggerhead Marinelife Center Staff Hard at Work this Holiday Season

By Hannah Nikkinen | December 23, 2022 |

Juno Beach Fla. (December 21, 2023) – Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) received four cold-stunned loggerhead sea turtles from Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, making a total of eight patients at the Center. In a collaborative effort with Turtles Fly Too and the Virginia Aquarium, the turtles were flown privately to Palm Beach County to…

People and Planet Safe Sunscreen

By Hannah Nikkinen | December 21, 2022 |

Did you know that Florida’s Coral Reef is the 3rd largest barrier reef system in the world? Florida’s Coral Reef stretches from the Dry Tortugas to the St. Lucie Inlet, spanning the entirety of the Palm Beach County coastline. It is home to over 40 species of coral that provide shelter and habitat for thousands…

Turtles get CT scans the same way that humans do!

By Hannah Nikkinen | December 9, 2022 |

Last week, Loggerhead Marinelife Center patients Romeo, Smalls, and Buoy took a trip to Jupiter Medical Center. To give our veterinarian team insight into how LMC patients are recovering, the turtles received a CT scan from Dr. Lee Fox. These CT scans provide detailed internal images of the turtles and more information than plain X-rays.…

Loggerhead Marinelife Center Collects 755,023 Candy Wrappers for Recycling Initiative

By Hannah Nikkinen | December 2, 2022 |

Juno Beach Fla. (November 30, 2022) – Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is proud to announce that a record-breaking 755,023 candy wrappers were collected through the 2022 Unwrap the Waves Initiative. Unwrap the Waves encourages the community and students to get in the spirit of conservation and to raise awareness about single-use waste. “This year’s results…

Can turtles sense a hurricane coming?

By Hannah Nikkinen | December 2, 2022 |

Paprika, a loggerhead sea turtle, sensed that Hurricane Ian was on its way. But how did LMC researchers discover this? On April 25, LMC researchers affixed a satellite transmitter to Paprika’s carapace, the top shell, to better understand her movements during the breeding season and follow her post-nesting migration to her foraging grounds. From April…

Giving Tuesday — Meet Buoy

By Hannah Nikkinen | November 29, 2022 |

Buoy is a juvenile Green Sea Turtle that was found floating and entangled in fishing line at Dubois Park, FL, on October 13. Bouy presented with Fibropapilloma (FP), a condition that results in large tumors on the soft tissue of the turtle including flippers and eyes. Buoy’s case of FP was severe, and our amazing…

Loggerhead Marinelife Center Adds Key Members to Leadership Team

By Hannah Nikkinen | November 28, 2022 |

Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Xavier Cortesano, Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Kelley Scott, Vice President (VP) of Finance. With the addition of Cortesano and Scott, LMC is well-positioned to advance the organization’s mission of ocean and sea turtle conservation. “I am thrilled with the addition of both Kelley…

Blue Friday Festivities at LMC

By Hannah Nikkinen | November 17, 2022 |

Take a break from the Black Friday shopping scene – let’s turn this shopping day blue together! Loggerhead Marinelife Center is encouraging guests to #OptOutside and spend some time in nature with friends and family members. Want to know the best part about participating in Blue Friday? It’s free!             …