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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 Tracking a leatherback sea turtle that was tagged on Sanibel Island

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

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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 A leatherback named “Eve”

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

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2019 Sea turtle nesting season off to promising start

May 9, 2019
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Turtle Time volunteers were interviewed by The News Press recently about the start of the nesting season and their optimistic outlook despite the deadly impact of red tide last year. The article features photos of volunteers walking the beach as well as a video. Read the Full Article

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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 more Turtle 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 more Coastal squeeze presents threats to sea turtles

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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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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 more Loggerheads win new protection in Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico

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