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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…

A New Girl and an Old Friend Come to Juno Beach

By neonadmin | April 12, 2017 | Comments Off on A New Girl and an Old Friend Come to Juno Beach

The leatherback sea turtle nesting activity has been picking up at Juno Beach!  We finally got our hands on some leatherbacks after weeks of being skunked on survey nights.   On Sunday night, our crew was able to fully sample our first nesting leatherback!  We encountered her on the beach as she was digging her egg…

First Leatherback Encounter Falls on April Fool's Day

By neonadmin | April 2, 2017 | Comments Off on First Leatherback Encounter Falls on April Fool's Day

We have been waiting patiently for our first leatherback encounter of the season, and it finally happened on April Fool’s Day at around 11:30 pm. After two weeks of patrolling with no turtles, we encountered “Mounds” who was originally tagged in June of 2011. She has not been seen on our beaches since, but it…

Looking Ahead with Leatherbacks

By neonadmin | August 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Looking Ahead with Leatherbacks

Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Leatherback Project studies behavior and physiology of leatherback sea turtles It was a cool night on Juno Beach as the Loggerhead Marinelife Center research team slowly approached Clinton. With monofilament line and rope wrapped around the leatherback’s flipper, the team worked carefully to remove as much line as they could before the…

End of season wrap-up

By neonadmin | June 17, 2016 | Comments Off on End of season wrap-up

Last night marked our last night of the season surveying for leatherback turtles.  It is bittersweet; we will miss seeing these beautiful animals each night but we could all use a suntan!  While we did not see any leatherbacks on our last couple of surveys, we have had quite a successful season this year and…

Cinderella

By neonadmin | June 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Cinderella

Our team encountered our first leatherback of the week last night!  She was spotted at 3 am on north Juno Beach; her tags revealed that it was Cinderella.  This turtle has been seen by our biologists two other times this season.  She was first tagged by LMC researchers back in March this year, and was seen…

A different kind of light

By neonadmin | June 14, 2016 | Comments Off on A different kind of light

With no leatherbacks yet this week on Juno Beach, there are still plenty of interesting things out on the beach to help pass the time.  Not only are there a lot of loggerheads nesting this time of year, we see yellow crowned night herons and ghost crabs as well.  Last night, we also saw quite…

Two is our magic number

By neonadmin | June 10, 2016 | Comments Off on Two is our magic number

You guessed it — we saw two more leatherbacks on Juno Beach on last night’s survey!  Both turtles were previously tagged and were spotted less than 30 minutes apart. The first turtle was found just south of LMC at 1 am.  She was tagged by fellow researchers, so we will reach out to them for…