Thursday, October 30, 2008

2008 Sanibel/Captiva Sea Turtle Statistics

The Sanibel/Captiva Conservation Foundation has put the 2008 Sea Turtle season statistics online. There are also stats for each nest. It makes an interesting read.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Green Sea Turtles To Be Released

Watch a video of the Green Sea Turtles at Sea Life Park in Hawaii. Green sea turtles were bred in captivity, that produced hatchlings now 150 pounds, that will be released into the wild this Saturday.

New Rules to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles

An estimated 600 loggerheads a year die in longline fishing. This led Federal fishing regulators to believe they need new rules to protect loggerhead turtles that are dying on commercial grouper lines. Read about some of the possibilities in this article.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Too Many Sea Turtles Caught On Longlines

sea turtles are caught on longlines, is there an answer to this problem? Read about a new federal report.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Kemp's Ridley Turtle Nesting On Texas Coast

A record 195 Kemp's ridley turtle nests were found on the Texas coast this nesting season. It's the fifth consecutive record-breaking year since record keeping began in 1980. While monitoring those nests, they were surprised by also finding four green turtles, four loggerheads and one leatherback nest. Find some interesting reading here.

Go here to see some cute Kemp's Ridley hatchlings.

Go here to read about a job opening in the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, assisting with a variety of sea turtle science and recovery projects at Padre Island National Seashore.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What Is Wrong With People?

Everytime I read one of these stories, I have to sit and wonder, what is wrong with people who do such things?

I found a video of the turtle and also a more detailed article here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Hawksbill hatchlings have Hawaiian help.

Watch a cute video of baby hawksbill turtles hatching from nest eggs and crawl through the rocky black sand towards the ocean.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

South Carolina Report

South Carolina reports a banner year!

Georgia Reports

Tropical Storm Fay didn't keep Georgia from having a record setting turtle season.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Kermit The Sea Turtle

Kermit was rescued by a swimmer, September 20, when he was found in the surf floating upside down. Read why the turtle is a “patient” of the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team.

Belle swims for second in marathon

The Tour de Turtle marathon is continuing. As of now Belle is swimming for second place, behind Maritime who has been haulin' shell! Little Crush my favorite is still going back and forth, just hangin' out in the same area. I think he likes it there. :-)

You can read an article about it here, and don't forget that you can also check up on the contenders at .

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

More About Johnny

There is another article about Johnny's injuries and release, along with some pictures.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Johnny The Loggerhead

A sub adult Loggerhead Sea Turtle named Johnny, has made a remarkable recovery and was released this morning. The turtle had been attacked with a machete, in July. You can read the complete story about it's injuries and treatment at The Turtle Hospital. The hospital is located at Marathon, Florida. It tells about the release and you have to look down further to a July entry about the injuries and treatment.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Hurt sea turtles, do time!

Read how another man has been sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in an international ring that smuggled endangered sea turtles. He and seven other defendants were arrested in March after selling 700 turtle skins. And we wonder why sea turtles are endangered.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sea Turtle Smugglers

It is good to know that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been catching some of the individuals who take part in the illegal international trade of skins and products made from protected sea turtles and other wildlife.

I felt both good and bad when I read this article. It is so sad that so many sea turtles perished, but it's reasuring to know that the laws are being enforced to help protect them as well.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sea Turtle Hospital Has Visitors

The Sea Turtle Hospital at Top Sail, hosts students and volunteers frequently. They have some cute stories to tell about some of the turtles, in this article.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Baby Sea Turtles Getting Pushed Back By Wind

Baby sea turtles usually spend several years, about 25 miles from shore, living on floating sea weed. Recent high winds have pushed huge amounts of the sea weed onto the eastern shore, leaving the little turtles stranded. Read how they are being rescued.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

'Eartha' To Be Released Oct. 5

After being treated for five months, Eartha a Loggerhead sea turtle will be released at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5 from the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 S. U.S. 1, Juno Beach.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

FeeBee and Milton Head Out To Sea

Two six year old Loggerheads, after spending all their lives as part of a national sea study, will be released in the Florida waters to make their own way. Read more more about the two sea turtles and the plans for their release on October 5.