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A day-time nesting Loggerhead sea turtle on Bonita Beach

July 20, 2020
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Sea turtles are nocturnal, meaning they nest at night. Every now and then, however, we are treated with a daytime nesting turtle, offering us a wonderful opportunity to watch as she traverses the beach after having completed her nest. Alejandro shared this glimpse of a loggerhead sea turtle as she returns to the gulf on … Read more

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Tracking a leatherback sea turtle that was tagged on Sanibel Island

June 17, 2020
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On April 17, 2020, a leatherback sea turtle nest was discovered on Sanibel Island. Christened ‘Juniper’, she has nested several more times since then on Sanibel and Captiva Island. Staff from the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation , in association with Florida Leatherbacks, Inc. were able to apply a satellite tracking device on her enabling us to … Read more

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Of beautiful things to come this turtle season

April 22, 2020
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Here’s a wonderful video showing an early morning nest hatching on Big Hickory Island last summer.

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Happy First Day of Turtle Season

April 15, 2020
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Turtle Time, Inc., begins its 30th year of monitoring local nesting sea turtles. Turtle Time has permission to have its volunteers walk the beaches and monitor turtles even though the beaches are currently closed to the public because of the the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured below are Turtle Time volunteers Beth Zuller on Bonita Beach and … Read more

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Junior Girl Scouts Troop 2055 earns Bronze Award for sea turtle project

March 11, 2020
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Congratulations to the fourth and fifth grade Junior Girl Scouts Troop 2055 for earning a Bronze Award for their project about sea turtles!  Under the guidance of Gina Pabalan and Jignasha Jani, the girls produced a wonderful video about sea turtles, explaining  why they are important, the threats that they encounter and what we can … Read more

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Loggerhead turtle’s journey tracked 37,000km from Cape Town in South Africa to Australia

March 11, 2020
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An 180 kilogram turtled named Yoshi has excited scientists, who tracked her remarkable journey halfway around the world after she was released from 20 years in captivity. It’s believed the loggerhead turtle may be Australian, after she made a determined 37,000-kilometre swim across the Indian Ocean to a turtle nesting site on Western Australia’s Pilbara … Read more

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One of these is not like the other…

September 5, 2019
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For the first time ever, we have documented multiple green nests on Bonita Beach and one on Fort Myers Beach. The larger hatchling is the green (Chelonia mydas). The other two are loggerheads (Caretta caretta). It is normal to see variations of colors of the carapace (shell) of hatchlings within a nest. Greens get their … Read more

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A leatherback named “Eve”

June 11, 2019
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Follow the journey of a leatherback sea turtle named “Eve” as she spends her time off the coast of Panama during nesting season. Five Turtle Time Turtlers spent a week in Panama with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, satellite tagging leatherback sea turtles. They christened one leatherback after Turtle Time director Eve Haverfield. “Eve” will be … Read more

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A rare Kemp’s ridley rescued and released from Fort Myers Beach

June 11, 2019
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Fort Myer Beach, Fla. (June 6, 2019) – A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, one of the smallest and most critically endangered of all sea turtles, was released from the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) after accidentally ingesting a fishing hook. The turtle was accidentally hooked by a fisherman on the Fort Myers Beach … Read more

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Leatherback hatchling makes it’s way to the ocean in Panama

May 28, 2019
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Five members of Turtle Time, Inc. are in Panama tagging leatherback sea turtles. As an added bonus to their remarkable adventure, they encountered a nest hatching. Watch as a little leatherback makes its way to the ocean!

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