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![…]
In less than two months, our team will once again be on the beach conducting research on Florida’s endangered leatherback sea turtles. Our lead biologists have been doing this work for nearly 20 years! We have encountered leatherbacks thousands of times and identified over 800 unique individuals. In 2019, our team of volunteers encountered leatherbacks Read more about The 2019 season is almost here![…]
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[…]
We’ve been having lots of fun on the beach this past week. On Saturday, May 5th, we attached a transmitter to one of our nesting leatherbacks as part of a new research project that we’re conducting in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The transmitter will allow us to follow this leatherback as she leaves Read more about Tracking Excitement![…]
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[…]
Well we’ve come to our least favorite time of year. Our nightly leatherback surveys are over. Despite a relatively low nesting year in our area, we had a great season. We had 214 total leatherback encounters this year. We saw 84 unique individuals and 35 were new, previously untagged turtles. We saw as many as Read more about End of season summary[…]