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Turtle Nesting Season Ends

November 15, 2018
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By Gary Mooney Fort Myers Beach Nests Down; Hatchlings Up “In 2016, our four sea turtle nesting areas had 270 total nests,” reported Eve Haverfield, the founder of Turtle Time, Inc., a non-profit established in 1989 for the benefit of marine turtles on Big Hickory Island, and Bonita, Bunche, and Fort Myers Beaches. “This year, … Read moreTurtle Nesting Season Ends

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Coastal squeeze presents threats to sea turtles

September 17, 2018
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By Dinah Voyles Pulver Guided by an ancient instinct that isn’t fully understood, sea turtles visit Florida’s sandy beaches in droves each year between May and October to lay their eggs, making the state’s coastline one of the world’s leading turtle nesting areas. Laden with ping-pong ball-sized eggs, tens of thousands of female turtles made … Read moreCoastal squeeze presents threats to sea turtles

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BBC Natures Turtle Nursery Secrets from the Nest

September 7, 2018
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This is a wonderful documentary filmed for the BBC about Olive Ridley nests in Ostional, Costa Rica.

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Sea Turtles Fun Facts Amazing Video

August 10, 2018
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Sea Turtles – Fun Facts and Amazing Video – Watch amazing footage of Sea Turtles in their natural habitat and soak up some fun facts about these enchanting sea creatures!

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Rare Kemp’s ridley nests on Sanibel

April 30, 2018
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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!

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

September 13, 2016
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Fascinating Reading from the Washington Post! 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. Continue reading on The Washington Post    

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Young Loggerhead Sea Turtles Spend Lost Years Floating in Seaweed

August 11, 2015
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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 … Read moreYoung Loggerhead Sea Turtles Spend Lost Years Floating in Seaweed

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting

July 8, 2015
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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!

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Loggerheads win new protection in Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico

July 14, 2014
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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. … Read moreLoggerheads win new protection in Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico

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Out of the Light and Into the Darkness: Managing the Impacts of Artificial Light on Sea Turtles

May 18, 2014
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It is sea turtle nesting season, the time when threatened and endangered sea turtles come ashore to nest to ensure future generations of their species. Lights act like magnets to turtles! Watch and learn how you can help them to survive. Ocean Health Index article “Out Of the Light and Into the Darkness” : http://www.oceanhealthindex.org/News/Out_Of_The_Light_And_Into_The_Darkness

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