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Loggerhead and Green Night Work: Unintentional Boat Strike Field Work is Complete!

By Derek Aoki | July 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

As July rolls along, we are still on pace to have an exceptionally high nesting season. Currently there are 14,947 total nests the LMC Research Department has recorded across our Juno Beach, Jupiter, and Tequesta areas. Loggerheads account for the vast majority of nests with 11,030, followed by greens (3,733), and leatherbacks (184). And since…

Loggerhead and Green Night Work: Week 3 Update and Blood Analysis

By Derek Aoki | July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July week! With the rain that fell on Juno this past weekend, nesting activity for loggerheads and greens picked back up, giving the night crew ample opportunities to sample and tag. We received 2,449 nests this past week, bringing our total to 12,685. We have 9,711…

Loggerhead and Green Night Work: Week 2 and Endarteritis Project

By Derek Aoki | June 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Loggerhead and Green Night Work: Week 2 and Endarteritis Project

The loggerheads and greens are coming in waves at the moment here on Juno. Unfortunately due to the soft, dry sand from a lack of rain, many of them have false crawled, meaning they come up the beach but return without nesting. With that said, we have eclipsed 10,000 nests and stand at 10,236!!! We…

Loggerhead and Green Night Work: Week 1

By Derek Aoki | June 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Loggerhead and Green Night Work: Week 1

Now that the leatherback nesting season for the LMC night crew is over (though we still sample any that come ashore to nest), our attention has turned to the other two species that nest on Juno Beach: loggerheads (Caretta caretta) and greens (Chelonia mydas).  Based on last season’s fairly low numbers for loggerheads and greens,…

Leatherback Nesting Season Week 11: The Final Week

By Derek Aoki | June 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Leatherback Nesting Season Week 11: The Final Week

The final week of the 2019 leatherback nesting season for the LMC night crew has come to a close. We’ve had an absolute blast working with these magnificent creatures over the last 11 weeks and we’re all sad to see it end. The season has definitely started to wind down, as we only encountered one…

Leatherback Nesting Season Week 10: The Penultimate Week

By Derek Aoki | June 7, 2019 | Comments Off on 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…

Leatherback Nesting Season Week 9 Update: Another Day Time Nester and Some Returners

By Kate Fraser | June 2, 2019 | Comments Off on Leatherback Nesting Season Week 9 Update: Another Day Time Nester and Some Returners

Even though we are getting close to the end of monitoring, leatherbacks are still on a roll! Night crew encountered 11 turtles this week, 5 of the them were 1st encounters and the other 6 we have seen throughout the season. One of the encounters was also a day time nester! We had the lovely…

Leatherback Nesting Season Week 8 Update: Body Condition Study

By Derek Aoki | May 25, 2019 | Comments Off on 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…

Week 7: Daytime Nesters, Strandings, and More!

By Kate Fraser | May 19, 2019 | Comments Off on 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…

Leatherback Nesting Season Week 6 and Injuries Update

By Derek Aoki | May 11, 2019 | Comments Off on 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…