Why do we name our turtles?

Many people ask why we bother to give names to our turtles. While it may not seem scientifically necessary, it is actually extremely beneficial. Giving our turtles names gives them a history and a story. More importantly, it helps us remember certain crucial things about them. For example, it is much easier for us to Read more about Why do we name our turtles?[…]

Sweet Sixteen

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night brought in 16 turtles. We had a pretty good mixture of old and new faces. There were five turtles each on Friday and Saturday night and six more last night. Friday night we saw two turtles that were tagged in 2011 and 2012. Parker, one of our girls from 2014 Read more about Sweet Sixteen[…]

Turty McTurtface?

With a small cold front moving through Florida and temperatures dipping into the 50s, we’re adding on the layers. While not cold by most standards, temps in the 50s while driving on a windy, humid beach can bring on the shivers. We’ve had a great week despite the chill. Last night we had a perfectly Read more about Turty McTurtface?[…]

It’s now getting busy

Over the past few nights we have encountered four or five leatherback turtles a night and the loggerheads have been really making their presence known! Last night there were probably about thirty loggerheads on our study area. Now that we are getting into the main sea turtle nesting season, we have put together a few “dos and dont’s” Read more about It’s now getting busy[…]

April Update

As we head into May, we thought we would give you a bit of an update on March and April. One of the more exciting bits of news to report is that we have received a grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program which is funded by the sale of the “Helping Sea Turtle Survive” Specialty License Plate. We Read more about April Update[…]

Seven More

We had seven more turtles on the beach last night. One of these was a new turtle from this year and another girl, Parker, who we tagged in 2014, was back for the third time this year. Tequila, named for Chris on his birthday, returned after a five year absence! One of the most interesting Read more about Seven More[…]

It’s almost May!

We can’t believe it’s been over a month since we started surveying. Even though it’s a fairly slow leatherback season, we’re seeing quite a few turtles and it’s been a lot of fun. We saw five turtles over the last two nights. All of those turtles were seen previously this year. We love to see turtles Read more about It’s almost May![…]

Beach Trifecta

We’re just wrapping up a fantastic night. The conditions were just about as perfect as they could be. The moon was full which illuminated the beach and the tide was extremely low which made for great driving conditions. We had some colleagues from USGS joining us for the night and the turtles did not disappoint! Read more about Beach Trifecta[…]