sea turtles

Plastics….a Serious Threat to our Oceans, Seas and Waterways

Plastics were invented in the 1800’s but its mass production began in the 1950’s and has since taken off around the globe. While it is possible to recycle most types of plastic, it is estimated that only about 25% of plastics are recycled worldwide.  A great deal of the plastic ends up in our oceans, […]

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Turtle Nesting Season is Here

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking Florida beachgoers and residents, who live along the beach, to be careful and watch out for sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. The nesting season in southwest Florida usually begins in May and goes thru October. Florida is the place where more sea turtles nest […]

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Gulf Oil Spill Anniversary

The Gulf of Mexico’s wildlife and wetlands are still recovering from the massive oil spill that occurred three years ago when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. The incident, the worst of its kind in U. S. history, killed eleven workers and spilled 200 million gallons of oil. The spill affected hundreds of miles of […]

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Turtle Nesting Season is Here

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking Florida beachgoers and residents, who live along the beach, to be careful and watch out for sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. The nesting season usually begins in May and goes thru October. There are five different types of turtles who nest on Florida […]

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Turtle Nest Count on Florida Beaches

Wildlife officials say sea turtle nest counts are up on east-central Florida beaches.  In Volusia County, turtles have dug 2,884 nests so far this year, up from 2,356 nests all last year.  In Flagler County, turtles have dug 555 nests so far this year, compared with 444 in 2011. Sea turtle nesting in Manatee and […]

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Request From Mote Laboratory: Please Watch Out For Marine Life During the Summer Boating Season

Sea Turtles

Over the past two months, the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program has documented three dolphins that have been struck by boats. Two of the dolphins were recently born calves. Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program has also recovered several large sea turtles that had been struck by boats. These incidents offer a strong reminder that we share our […]

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Sea Turtle Feeding Hotspots

A study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation used satellites to track threatened loggerhead sea turtles. Researchers with Mote Marine Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Florida, first tagged the turtles from nesting areas on Casey Key, the Dry Tortugas and Cape San Blas. The female’s migrations were then tracked. A […]

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