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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
Last week, I traveled with my good friend and Vice President of Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Cheryl King, to the International Summit on Fibropapillomatosis: Global Status, Trends, And Population Impacts. The meeting was convened by the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Service Center and hosted at the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center (IRC), on Ford Island, an islet in the center of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. I’m currently home on the island of… 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
In 2013, we saw much success in collaborating with recreational fishermen through LMC’s Responsible Pier Initiative. This year we plan to expand our reach to recreational boaters through the launch of the Responsible Boater Initiative. The Responsible Boater Initiative is a program geared towards recreational boaters in South Florida to promote clean, safe boating, fishing and diving practices as it relates to threatened and endangered sea turtles. The initiative will include a… Read More
There’s a good chance that you’ve already heard about one of the recent arrivals at LMC’s sea turtle hospital, Meghan, an olive ridley sea turtle. The turtle is receiving tremendous attention as it’s not typically found in the waters off Florida. It’s primarily found in the warm, sub-tropical and tropical waters of the South Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. In the South Atlantic, they are found along the Atlantic coasts of West… Read More