With Halloween right around the corner, October is a good time to think about the scariest thing in the ocean- PLASTIC!! Once plastic enters the marine environment, it never goes away. Instead, over time, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, forever haunting our ocean and harming marine life. Sea turtles and other marine life often mistake this plastic trash for food. Once ingested, plastic trash can cause internal injuries and… Read More
This week, during nesting patrol on Juno Beach, our research team came across this. It is a sad reminder of how our actions impact the world around us. These hatchlings, just starting out on their journey of life are mere minutes old, but have already come in contact with one of the greatest threats posed to sea turtles on Earth- plastic. Every month, Loggerhead Marinelife Center analyzes all marine debris collected during… Read More
In honor of World Ocean’s Day, Loggerhead Marinelife Center teamed up with Jupiter Dive Center, a local dive shop in Jupiter, Florida to host the first Juno Beach Pier Underwater Cleanup in 2018. In one 50 minute dive, 8 divers were able to remove over 88.2 MILES of fishing line from under the pier. Each mile of fishing line recovered reduces the chance of entangling marine life, likely resulting in flipper amputation,… Read More
Take the following quiz to find out just how much YOU know about ocean plastics and what you can do to help! If we all work together, we will be able to reduce the flow of plastics into the ocean and help save sea turtles and other marine life for generations to come!
With graduation season in full force and Mother’s Day right around the corner, please don’t forget to hold on tight to those celebratory balloons…. or better yet, don’t buy them at all! Since 2017, Loggerhead Marinelife Center has removed over 1,700 balloons from local Florida beaches. When balloons are released into the sky, they often come down and end up in our ocean. Deflated balloons resemble jellies, a common food item for… Read More
On Earth Day, April 22, 2018, as part of our upcoming Blue Table Initiative, Loggerhead Marinelife Center has partnered with local restaurants and The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to go #StrawFreewithLMC For this event, the restaurants listed have agreed to refrain from offering plastic straws to their patrons on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2018, to help increase public awareness of the need to eliminate single-use plastics, such as straws. In… Read More
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and people are starting to think about the great loves of their lives- but has the ocean made your list? Along with making Valentine’s Day plans here at LMC, we’ve decided to show our love for the ocean, as well as our loved ones, by doing these five things on Wednesday, and every day! 1. Remember Your Reusable Bag While on the hunt for that… Read More
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