After laying several nests earlier in the season, a team of biologists has encountered and tagged a rare leatherback sea turtle that is nesting along Sanibel and Captiva Islands. She can now be tracked in real time as she travels the southwest Florida coast. On April 1, 2020, biologists with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Read more about Say hello to Juniper![…]
Isla, the endangered leatherback sea turtle returns to Jupiter Island, Florida! Jupiter Island, Florida USA, April 24, 2020 – After almost two years and traveling more than 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) Isla, an endangered leatherback sea turtle with a transmitter was once again encountered by researchers on her nesting beach at Jupiter Island, Florida. “We Read more about Isla has returned![…]
The leatherbacks are here! EARLY!! The first nest of the year was documented on February 6th – the earliest on record in Florida. We are now aware of SIX nests on our study area. Doss that mean it will be a record year? We hope so! Thanks to our friends at Ecological Associates Inc. for Read more about Well, they are here early![…]
Ever wanted to chat with a sea turtle? Send a text message to Isla the leatherback and see what she is up to! She can be reached at 831-346-ISLA (831-346-4752) Isla will be happy to let you know where she is, how she is doing or what she encounters out there in the ocean. Send Read more about Chat with Isla the leatherback turtle[…]
UPDATE: Palm Beach Gardens police have located the ATV’s. Thanks to the hard work of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department and a neighbor with a good eye who had seen our posts, our ATVs have been recovered by PBG PD! There had been an unsuccessful attempt to hot-wire the ATVs but other than that, Read more about Urgent – STOLEN ATVS[…]
You can now hear short updates on our research in near real-time on your Amazon Alexa enabled devices. Simply add our skill “Leatherback research update” to your daily flash briefing and Alexa will read you the latest update from our volunteers.
The 2017 field season has begun! ATVs are ready, gear has been purchased, database system upgraded and most importantly; the turtles have arrived! We now have two nests along our primary study area at Jupiter Island. More updates soon as we begin our nightly surveys.
Since our team of volunteers studies sea turtles on remote beaches as far 100 kilometers apart we have developed a system that simplifies data entry and communication. This season we will be rolling out our new software bot named “Bob” who will help the team out on the beach. Sure, he has a silly name Read more about Introducing Bob[…]
The team of volunteers at Florida Leatherbacks Inc. is gearing up for the 2017 leatherback research season and we need your help! We’ve launched a 30-day campaign to raise $9,500 to purchase equipment for the upcoming season. Our ATVs only last about three seasons in the harsh conditions of our field environment. Since two of Read more about 2017 Fundraiser[…]
What is it like to do what we do? We thought we’d show you! We shot this time video lapse over the course of three hours as we surveyed for leatherbacks under the full moon. There are dozens of loggerheads and even a few green turtles emerging on this one small stretch. This gives you a feel Read more about Traffic jam[…]