Newsletter – January 2016

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2015 FINAL Nest Counts
2015 Nest Counts
The LMC research team monitors 9.5
miles of beach, from Juno Beach to
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 A note from our president & ceo
Jack Lighton
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On behalf of our entire team, I would like to welcome you to 2016. We wish you and yours a year filled with health, prosperity and happiness!


Post-Hatchlings Plagued by Plastic

Over the past three months, the center received a very high number of stranded post-hatchling sea turtle patients. Hospital staff attribute this to a combination of the recent record-breaking nesting season and consistent onshore winds. So, what is a post-hatchling sea turtle? It is a hatchling that successfully exited the nest and swam out to the sargassum seaweed mats offshore. Carapace length is between 5 cm. and 10 cm.

Seniors: It’s Time to Come Out of Your Shells!
Our seasonal Science for Seniors program is back and better than ever! Last Tuesday, we kicked off the return of this popular program with our Second Annual Senior Day. The event featured coffee, donuts, and other light refreshments to welcome seniors back to campus. This season’s theme is You and Your Stress and features four brand-new sessions. For more information, or to RSVP – please email
Happening now



First New Pier to Join the RPI in 2016
Melody Lane Fishing Pier in Ft. Pierce became the first pier to join the Responsible Pier Initiative in 2016! We now have 27 piers committed to this initiative in Florida and 40 piers overall. Staff working for Ft. Pierce and a nearby city marina were trained on sea turtle rescue and provided with new signage, a net and rescue bin.



Show Sea Turtles Some Love This Valentine’s Day!
Love is in the sea! Why not show your loved ones how special you think they are with a super unique gift? A sea turtle adoption, featuring a personalized certificate and photo, is a fun and meaningful way to show you care. Adopt a sea turtle now for as low as $35. Blaine, Betty WhiteAuntie Roe, Xander, Forest, and Susan are waiting!



Early-Bird JMB Summer Camp Opens February 1
Mark your calendars! Starting on February 1, Early-Bird registration opens for our popular Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp. Save more than $50 during the Early Bird registration period from February 1 to March 31 and secure your child’s camp spot early to ensure you get the session that best fits your summer plans.



We’re Hiring JMB Summer Camp Counselors
We are searching for enthusiastic and experienced educators to fill the following full-time, seasonal roles for our 2016 JMB Summer Camp Program: 
• Camp Supervisor, Senior Camp Counselors, and Junior Camp Counselors.
You can find out more information here.

Fishing Program


Sea Turtle Research Update
We have completed the 2015 Annual Reports for Juno Beach, Jupiter-Carlin and Tequesta Beaches. Our biologists have also submitted reports to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on nesting numbers, nourishment projects and reproductive data to be included in the statewide database.



Do You Know a Child who Loves Adventure?
If so, consider applying for a free spot in our seasonal Coastal Explorers Program! (Child must be 10-13 years old to participate). The Coastal Explorers Program will encompass a series of two weekend workshops geared towards aspiring scientists and children that have a natural curiosity for the Florida outdoors.

Mommy & Me


Program Spotlight: Mommy & Me Paint!
Every other Thursday, LMC hosts a Mommy & Me painting class in our ocean-inspired learning center! Geared towards ages 3-5 years old, participants will receive a ceramic sea turtle as a blank canvas for their boundless creativity. Cost: $8/ceramic. Pre-registration occurs in the gift store 30 minutes prior to the program.

Fishing Pier Program


Free Juno Beach Pier Fishing Program
Do you know an aspiring young angler? Join us for a free Kid’s Fishing Program at the Juno Beach Pier on February 7. Participants will learn basic techniques for fishing from both a beach and fishing pier including knot tying, casting, species identification, and proper release protocols. Interested? E-mail

Moon Jelly


Sea Creature Spotlight: Moon Jelly
Belonging to the phylum cnidaria, the moon jelly possesses true stinging cells. Often feared because of the massive blooms that can appear in the spring and summer months, they are actually quite harmful to humans. They are widely known for their beautiful pink “clover” pattern through their medusa.

Volunteer of the month


Volunteer Spotlight
We would like to give huge congratulations to LMC’s January volunteer of the month, Haley Hallburton! Haley is an education docent that has been volunteering with LMC for seven months. She started as a greeter and has transitioned into the education department where she helps with birthday parties.

January Donors


Thank You, Our Amazing Supporters
Special thanks to Cameron, Lucas, and Tanner from Watson B. Duncan Middle School’s 6th grade class for their donation to LMC. They raised funds through a class project where they created a commercial for their charity of choice. We thank them so much for their support!



February Seminar Series
Join us at Loggerhead Marinelife Center for a series of Wednesday evening seminars! Topics will include: sea turtles, invasive plants, local restoration projects, ocean conservation and more. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Demi Fox, Outreach Coordinator, at
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Juno Beach Pier Fishing Report
Fishing on the Juno Beach Pier has been fun lately – especially if you want to catch croakers and whiting. Our anglers have been using small pieces of shrimp and catching the fish near shore. Come and fish with us! We have rental rods and all types of frozen bait and tackle. We would love to have you out here!
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Fletch Recycle


Fletch’s Monthly Challenge

Which of the sea turtle species listed below is the smallest?
• Loggerhead
• Green
• Kemp’s ridley
• Leatherback
• Hawksbill

Have a question for Fletch? Email:

Consider becoming a Volunteer

Donate to our Annual Fund

Join us for our Swashbuckler Soirée

Adopt a sea turtle for Valentine’s Day