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A Three-Peat Nester for World Turtle Day

By neonadmin | May 24, 2017 | Comments Off on 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…

Balloon Bonanza

By neonadmin | May 19, 2017 | Comments Off on 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…

Just in Time for Mother's Day

By neonadmin | May 15, 2017 | Comments Off on 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…

No Doubt A-boat It

By neonadmin | May 12, 2017 | Comments Off on 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…

Scarps Make Sea Turtles Fly

By neonadmin | May 6, 2017 | Comments Off on 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…

Guarded by Gisli

By neonadmin | May 2, 2017 | Comments Off on 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…

Shining a Light on Three More

By neonadmin | April 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Shining a Light on Three More

The beaches have been quite busy this week!  Our team has been busy as well, with three more leatherback encounters.  We welcomed back a very healthy looking Mrs. Waverly, who only measured 147 cm long.  She first nested on Juno Beach in 2009, and has been encountered while nesting in four subsequent years.  We had…

A First-Time Mom Gets a Helping Hand

By neonadmin | April 23, 2017 | Comments Off on A First-Time Mom Gets a Helping Hand

We welcomed a new mother to the nesting leatherback population in Juno Beach this week.  She was small for a leatherback, measuring only 140cm long (about 4.5 feet), so we named this sweet, fun-sized girl Hirschy.  We think this was her first time nesting due to her small size, lack of tags, and cumbersome nesting behavior.…

A Turtle Twosome

By neonadmin | April 21, 2017 | Comments Off on A Turtle Twosome

This week we encountered two more leatherback sea turtles in our surveys!  Our two girls, Veruca and Katrina, both nested within an hour of each other, and only a few hundred meters apart.  While Veruca was on the smaller side, measuring only 146 cm long (about 4.8 feet), Katrina is our biggest leatherback yet this…

Another Old Friend Came Back to Nest

By neonadmin | April 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Another Old Friend Came Back to Nest

It’s been a quiet week for our research crew out on Juno Beach.  We’ve had just one more leatherback encounter, which was with a sea turtle named Cynthia on April 12th.  She came up to nest on Juno Beach a little after 2:00 AM.  She had lost both of her flipper tags so we gave…