sea turtles

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Toxin Impacts Sea Life

Despite the relatively low concentration of red tide, some sea creatures are still being taken to rehabilitation clinics in Collier and Lee counties. Since December, Sanibel’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, has treated a variety of seabirds including 30 cormorants, 12 pelicans and a herring gull that was given a shake with a special [...]

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