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Sea Turtle Hat-Tricks!

By neonadmin | June 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Sea Turtle Hat-Tricks!

We’ve had some busy, busy beaches out here!  Two hat-tricks in a week!  Our first leatherback hat-trick included two repeat nesters and a first encounter for this season.  Our busy night started off with the return of Hirschy.  We hadn’t encountered this girl since April.  She came up early and nested fairly quickly.  She still…

The Truth About Turtle Tears

By neonadmin | June 5, 2017 | Comments Off on The Truth About Turtle Tears

The sea turtle moms are really popping up like crazy on Juno Beach!  The loggerheads are here in full force and the green sea turtles are getting into the swing of nesting as well.  The leatherbacks are still here, finishing out their nesting season with a bang. This week we encountered a couple previously tagged…

Busy Nights in Peak Season

By neonadmin | May 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Busy Nights in Peak Season

We have had some busy, busy nights out on Juno Beach!  We’re in the historically peak leatherback nesting period, and once again the turtles are showing up. Our beach is currently hosting nesting leatherback, loggerhead, and green sea turtles.  It’s quite the treat for us to see three different species of sea turtles at night on our…

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…