Nesting season is here- so don your red lights and test out your nesting season knowledge! Happy nesting season everyone!

A few weeks ago, we welcomed Katie O’Hara to our team as Conservation Coordinator. Growing up in Virginia Beach with a marine biologist mom, Katie was exposed to conservation work from an early age – beach clean-ups and assisting with sea turtle stranding responses were all part of the usual routine. Katie also grew up coming to LMC while spending holidays at her grandparent’s house just up the road. Spending time at LMC… Read More

Fishing piers are home to an elevated number of interactions between sea turtles and recreational anglers. To mitigate the effects of incidental capture and entanglements, in 2013 we implemented the Responsible Pier Initiative (RPI) on the Juno Beach Pier. The Initiative is designed to work collaboratively with anglers and provide them with the tools and training necessary to respond appropriately in the event a sea turtle becomes accidentally hooked or entangled on a… Read More

If you’ve gone shopping for accessories such as sunglasses or hair clips in the last 40 years, you are probably familiar with the ‘tortoiseshell’ pattern – mottled black and brown markings.  The original tortoiseshell products were made from the shells of hawksbill sea turtles.  Poaching and commercial exploitation of the turtles were among the most significant factors in the decline of the hawksbill population.     Hawksbills, named for their ‘raptor-like’ beak,… Read More

Last week, the Executive Director of the Balloon Council wrote an opinion article for the Palm Beach Daily News directed at LMC’s Balloon Ban Initiative. The article suggests that the initiative is misguided and that balloons do not pose a real threat to sea turtles and other wildlife.  Our response, outlined below, will be published this weekend. Mylar balloons are made from plastic and unfortunately, do not biodegrade. Although latex (whether natural… Read More

Last Thursday, our sea turtle hospital received a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) about a post-hatchling turtle that was found washed up on the beach, covered in oil. The turtle, a small green, was found near the Lake Worth Fishing Pier by our colleagues at DB Ecological Services, while they were conducting their morning sea turtle nesting survey. This was the second time in just as many days… Read More

Tuesday morning, I took this summer’s last group of Jr. Marine Biologist camp students to the Juno Beach Pier to learn responsible fishing practices and try their luck with their own rod and reel. Meg taught the students casting techniques, knot tying, bait cutting, and the different types of fishing rods, lures, and hooks. After a brief lesson on sea turtle rescue (just in case), the students were set free on the… Read More

Tuesday morning, officials from the City of Deerfield Beach, Broward County, Ocean Rescue, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, and Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier gathered to learn the proper protocol to follow in the event a sea turtle is accidentally hooked on the pier. The RPI’s newest First Responders sat behind the pier house counter while my presentation was projected onto the wall at the front of the shop. Pier attendants paused every… Read More