Turtle Talk Archive

Rare Kemp’s Ridley nests on Sanibel

Monday, April 30th, 2018

On April 16, 2018, at 1:50 p.m., a Kemp’s ridley nested on the northern part of Sanibel!!! A beachgoer, Sharri Staggs, video-taped the nesting sea turtle. Watch as the ridley performs the “Ridley dance” as she covers her nest!

Some like it hot: Scientists figure out why female turtles are born at higher temps

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Fascinating Reading!

In the 1980s, scientists trying to save sea turtles noticed something truly bizarre.

They thought they were doing something good: rescuing eggs from vulnerable beaches and keeping them warm in incubators until they were ready to swim out to sea.

Click Here to continue reading on The Washington Post



Young Loggerhead Sea Turtles Spend Lost Years Floating in Seaweed

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Young Loggerhead Sea Turtles Spend Lost Years Floating in Seaweed
By John Virata
March 5, 2014

Where do baby loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) spend their youth? Previously, not a lot was known about young loggerheads except for the fact that very few survive into adulthood. The general notion was the young turtles swam around the Atlantic, drifting with the North Atlantic Subtropical gyre and that opportunistic offshore sightings or lab-based studies made up the bulk of what was known of the turtles during their “lost years.”

A new study published March 4 in the Proceedings of The Royal Society B has provided more comprehensive data than what was previously available. The researchers conducted a fairly detailed study of where young sea turtles go during their “lost years” and have determined that after loggerhead sea turtles hatch, those that escape land-based predators as well as ocean-based predators spend the vast bulk of their “lost years” drifting with Sargassum seaweed patches.

Researchers Katherine L. Mansfield (Department of Biology, University of Central Florida), Jeanette Wyneken (Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University), Warren P. Porter (Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin at Madison), and Jiangang Luo (Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami) wanted to find out where baby loggerheads went in the vast Atlantic Ocean and set about tracking, with solar-powered satellite transmitters that measured such details as distance and ambient temperature, 17 neonate turtles across hundreds to thousands of miles of ocean.

The team tracked the reptiles… Read entire article here.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Watch as a loggerhead sea turtle crawls back to the Gulf on Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, June 25, at 7:00 a.m. Very rare moments to witness!

Loggerhead Nesting & Crawl to Gulf

Loggerheads win new protection in Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico

Monday, July 14th, 2014

NOAA and USFWS established critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

The federal government this week initiated protection of 685 miles of beaches from Mississippi to North Carolina and more than 300,000 square miles of ocean as “critical habitat” for loggerhead sea turtles along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is the largest designation of critical habitat ever.

To view the final NOAA Fisheries rule for marine critical habitat, visit www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/criticalhabitat_loggerhead.htm.

To view the final USFWS rule for terrestrial critical habitat and the associated final economic analysis and maps, visit www.fws.gov/northflorida/SeaTurtles/2014_Loggerhead_CH/Terrestrial_critical_habitat_loggerhead.html.