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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
Nesting season is here- so don your red lights and test out your nesting season knowledge! Happy nesting season everyone!
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
This past week I had the opportunity to spend some time in Zakynthos, Greece, working with the local NGO, Earth, Sea & Sky. Earth, Sea and Sky was established in Zakynthos, Greece in 1993 by Yannis Vardakastanis. Yannis grew up on Zakynthos and became a full-time conservationist in 1991 after witnessing a significant change in the local marine ecosystems and sea turtle nesting behavior on the island, inspiring him to take action…. Read More
One of the most important components of our Responsible Pier Initiative is the educational workshops that we provide first-responders at participating piers. Over the next few days LMC team members, Kerri and Demi, will be on the road conducting regional workshops across the state of Florida and blogging about their adventures. Kerri is the center’s education manager and has been part of the LMC family since October 2013. She joined our team… Read More
For those who may not be familiar, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a conservation organization based out of Juno Beach, Florida committed to the conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The center is comprised of three core competencies; sea turtle rehabilitation, education and research. The research department tends to be the least focal of the work we do at the center as the majority… Read More
Sea turtle nesting season officially began in Juno Beach on March 1st. Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) biologists are permitted by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to survey the beaches from Tequesta to Jupiter Island every morning during nesting season, from March 1 to October 31. For the past 23 years, the team has counted crawls and nests, and documented hatch success for the three species of sea turtles (leatherbacks, loggerheads and green… Read More
Sea turtle nesting season in SE Florida begins on March 1st and ends on October 31st. LMC biologists monitor 9.8 miles of beach from south Jupiter Island through Juno Beach. This area marks one of the most important nesting beaches in the world for loggerhead sea turtles. In addition to the loggerhead, both leatherback and green turtles nest locally. Each morning, at first light, LMC biologists hit the beach and document the… Read More
The Responsible Pier Initiative (RPI) was officially launched in August 2013. It’s a first-of-it’s-kind program in the state of Florida and is designed as a collaborative tool to work directly with fishermen and fishing piers to promote a healthy environment for sea turtles and other marine life. The initiative consists of three main components: Educational Workshops for sea turtle stranding first-responders which provide action steps to follow in the event a sea… Read More