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July 2018 Newsletter

CEO CHATTER WITH JACK LIGHTON   Dear Friend of LMC, We have over 10,000 reasons to celebrate sea turtle and ocean conservation: 10,533 reasons to be exact!  This past weekend our research team marked the 10,000th sea turtle nest on the 9.5-mile stretch of beach we monitor.  Because of your passionate support of our Center…

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2018 leatherback season overview

Well, we had an awesome leatherback nesting season! We have 154 leatherbacks nests on the beaches we patrol, which is exciting for us as we only had 97 last year. Of our 154 nests, our nighttime tagging team had 108 encounters! We saw 62 individual leatherback turtles this year, including 24 new mamas and some…

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This beach is getting busy

It’s that time of year again! Right now, on Juno Beach, we have all three species nesting on any given night. Leatherbacks are starting to slow down but loggerheads are going steady and green turtles are starting to pick up.   A green turtle in a deep body pit while she lays her eggs. Photo…

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June 2018 Newsletter

CEO CHATTER WITH JACK LIGHTON   Dear Friend of LMC, The month of June is upon us, and here at Loggerhead Marinelife Center we are happy to report that on the 9.5-mile stretch of beach we monitor, our research team has reported nearly 4,000 sea turtle nests to date. June and July is the peak of sea…

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Sea Turtles, Hatchlings and Nests – Oh My!

Here in Palm Beach County, we’re approaching the peak of the 2018 sea turtle nesting season. That means more… and more… and MORE nests and hatchlings will soon be found on our local beaches! And who doesn’t love sea turtle hatchlings? They’re obviously completely adorable. Did you know that in 2017, Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s research…

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Noisy nesting mamas

Did you know that some leatherbacks make a lot noise while they are nesting? Not all leatherbacks are noisy nesters but we get pretty excited when we come across a noisy girl. Parker, a new mama on our beaches, was a very vocal lady! Some of the noises are just loud breaths, but some sound…

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Leatherbacks nesting during the day?

Peak leatherback season has come and gone. That being said, we are still seeing leatherback ladies in Juno Beach (loggerheads are also here in full force!). Since our last post, we have encountered 11 leatherbacks on our beaches. Some of these mamas are repeat nesters but some are new! Of the ladies we have already…

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Do sea turtles nest in the rain?

Yes they do. The past week has been pretty stormy, yet we are starting to encounter more turtles each night than we have seen so far this season! During the past week we have surpassed 1,000 nests (including both leatherback and loggerhead turtles). Even with the nasty weather, the nighttime tagging team  has encountered 21…

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May 2018 Newsletter

CEO CHATTER WITH JACK LIGHTON   Dear Friends of LMC, Even though summertime is officially about one month away, things here in Florida are heating up. Sea turtle nesting season is progressing nicely, and we are rapidly moving towards peak nesting season (June and July.) To date, we already have nearly 1,000 sea turtle nests…

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Still getting new mamas

Have you ever wondered how we measure the turtles we see? Our measurement of “shell length” is actually the curved carapace length (CCL) of the turtle. The carapace is the top (or back) part of a turtle’s shell. We measure the carapace using a soft measuring tape and we call this measurement the curved carapace…

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