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Happy Mother's Day!

By neonadmin | May 9, 2016 | Comments Off on Happy Mother's Day!

From all of us here at LMC and The Leatherback Project, we want to wish all the (human and turtle!) moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day!  We saw a whole lot of loggerhead mamas out on the beach last night, plus one leatherback mama. Our lone leatherback of the night was named Hazel.  Hazel was…

Meteors, and rockets, and turtles — oh my!

By neonadmin | May 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Meteors, and rockets, and turtles — oh my!

Last night sure was an exciting night on Juno Beach!  Did anyone else catch a glimpse of the meteor shower?  Those meteors sure provided a gorgeous backdrop for our drive on the beach last night.  And how about that space shuttle launch?!  Our surveyors had a great view from the beach at around 1 am when…

Another turtle trio!

By neonadmin | May 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Another turtle trio!

Since our last update, the leatherbacks seemed to have taken a small break from Juno Beach!  Last week, our night crew had quite a few nights in a row of no leatherback activity.  Luckily, things changed for us tonight!  We encountered three leatherbacks, all of which were tagged previously. Biologists encountered the first leatherback of…

Jupiter returns to Juno!

By neonadmin | April 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Jupiter returns to Juno!

Just before 5 am this morning, LMC biologists were on their last run of the night when Jupiter was spotted digging her body pit.  Jupiter was sampled and documented by researchers and crawled back into the sea just after sunrise.  Jupiter is a very special turtle to us here at LMC; she was the first…

Repeat nesters

By neonadmin | April 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Repeat nesters

We’ve had quite a productive start to our week out on Juno Beach!  The loggerheads started nesting last week, so we are seeing quite a few of them each night in addition to our leatherbacks.  On Sunday night, we encountered a leatherback that was tagged but not in LMC’s database; we will reach out to collaborators to…

Slow and Steady

By neonadmin | April 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Slow and Steady

It sure has been a beautiful week to be out on the beach scouting for leatherback turtles!  Warm temperatures, a nice breeze, and no rain — these are a few of our favorite things.  The leatherbacks are still nesting slowly and steadily; usually one or two each night on Juno Beach.  Since Rikki nested on…

Welcome back, Rikki!

By neonadmin | April 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Welcome back, Rikki!

After such an exciting end to our week last week, our single turtle encounter last night was quite a drastic change!  The single turtle was Rikki, a leatherback that was first tagged in Cape Canaveral, FL by a fellow biologist in 2003.  She was seen nesting again in 2005, 2009, and 2011 on Juno Beach.  Since…

What a week!

By neonadmin | April 15, 2016 | Comments Off on What a week!

Whew, our night crew is exhausted this morning after documenting and sampling FIVE nesting leatherback turtles last night!  That is the most that our night crew has documented in a single night so far this season.  Before we rehash our busiest night of the season, we want to fill you in on the last few…

Turtle Hat Trick!

By neonadmin | April 11, 2016 | Comments Off on Turtle Hat Trick!

We had another hat trick of turtles on Juno Beach last night!  It sure was an exciting night for our Leatherback Crew. The first leatherback our team encountered last night was Pumpkin.  Pumpkin was first tagged on Juno Beach in 2010 by LMC researchers.  She was seen nesting twice in 2010 and six times in…

The Leatherback Project at LMC: New Beginnings

By neonadmin | March 24, 2016 | Comments Off on The Leatherback Project at LMC: New Beginnings

The leatherbacks are here! We are thrilled to announce the reinstatement of The Leatherback Project at LMC!  The project kicked off this month and includes new faces and collaborations. Under the direction of Dr. Manire, Stephanie Kedzuf, LMC’s Research Innovations Manager, is managing the project and technicians. We have hired two part-time seasonal technicians for the project, Jake…