Turtle Talk Archive

Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) 8th Annual Tour de Turtles

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) kicked off its 8th annual Tour de Turtles (TdT) with a live sea turtle release on August 2nd at the Barrier Island Center, located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

 


Tour de Turtles 2015 Kickoff from Coalter Digital on Vimeo.

Young Loggerhead Sea Turtles Spend Lost Years Floating in Seaweed

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Young Loggerhead Sea Turtles Spend Lost Years Floating in Seaweed
By John Virata
March 5, 2014

Where do baby loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) spend their youth? Previously, not a lot was known about young loggerheads except for the fact that very few survive into adulthood. The general notion was the young turtles swam around the Atlantic, drifting with the North Atlantic Subtropical gyre and that opportunistic offshore sightings or lab-based studies made up the bulk of what was known of the turtles during their “lost years.”

A new study published March 4 in the Proceedings of The Royal Society B has provided more comprehensive data than what was previously available. The researchers conducted a fairly detailed study of where young sea turtles go during their “lost years” and have determined that after loggerhead sea turtles hatch, those that escape land-based predators as well as ocean-based predators spend the vast bulk of their “lost years” drifting with Sargassum seaweed patches.

Researchers Katherine L. Mansfield (Department of Biology, University of Central Florida), Jeanette Wyneken (Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University), Warren P. Porter (Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin at Madison), and Jiangang Luo (Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami) wanted to find out where baby loggerheads went in the vast Atlantic Ocean and set about tracking, with solar-powered satellite transmitters that measured such details as distance and ambient temperature, 17 neonate turtles across hundreds to thousands of miles of ocean.

The team tracked the reptiles… Read entire article here.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Watch as a loggerhead sea turtle crawls back to the Gulf on Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, June 25, at 7:00 a.m. Very rare moments to witness!

Loggerhead Nesting & Crawl to Gulf

Cold-stunned sea turtles washing ashore

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Cape Cod Mystery: A Surge of Stranded Turtles
By JAMES GORMAN
DEC. 12, 2014

WELLFLEET, Mass. — For as long as anyone knows, young sea turtles have ventured up the East Coast, leaving warm seas to feed on crabs and other prey. And some of them have lingered too long in northern waters and been stunned when the season turns cold.

Around this time of year, volunteers regularly patrol the beaches of Cape Cod Bay to rescue turtles that wash up at high tide — six of seven species of sea turtles are endangered — so they can be rehabilitated and relocated to warmer shores in the South.

But this year the usual trickle of stranded turtles has turned into a flood, and nobody seems to know why.

Since mid-November, volunteers on turtle patrol have found nearly 1,200, almost all young Kemp’s ridley turtles, the most endangered of turtle species. That is almost three times as many as in the previous record year, and many more times the number in an average year. More turtles are being found every day.

Most of them have survived, but hundreds have not.

The stranded turtles, typically 2 to 3 years old and each of them between the size of a dinner plate and a serving platter, have stretched the abilities of the veterinarians and volunteers who rescued them, and the capacities of aquariums as far away as Texas to care for the survivors until they can be released.

Read the full New York Times article by clicking here.

Loggerheads win new protection in Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico

Monday, July 14th, 2014

NOAA and USFWS established critical habitat for loggerhead sea turtles in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

The federal government this week initiated protection of 685 miles of beaches from Mississippi to North Carolina and more than 300,000 square miles of ocean as “critical habitat” for loggerhead sea turtles along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is the largest designation of critical habitat ever.

To view the final NOAA Fisheries rule for marine critical habitat, visit www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/criticalhabitat_loggerhead.htm.

To view the final USFWS rule for terrestrial critical habitat and the associated final economic analysis and maps, visit www.fws.gov/northflorida/SeaTurtles/2014_Loggerhead_CH/Terrestrial_critical_habitat_loggerhead.html.