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Posts Tagged ‘sea turtle nesting season’

Sea turtle Nesting Season and How to Protect Our Beaches

Posted by Jody on May 7, 2013

  • It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests.
  • If you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone.
  • Avoid going to the beach at night. If you must be on the beach at night, limit your walking and do not use flashlights or flash photography.
  • Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining directly onto the beach by closing the drapes at night. Lights disturb nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.
  • While enjoying the beautiful beaches during the day, avoid disturbing marked sea turtle nests, and please take your trash with when you leave the beach.
  • When crossing a dune, please use designated cross overs and walk ways. Do not climb over the dunes or disturb the dune vegetation.
  • Interested in taking a guided sea turtle hike? Here’s a list of organizations permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct public turtle watches.

The sea turtle nesting season runs from May 1-October 1.

Florida’s Space Coast is located 35 miles east of Orlando on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. With over than 72 miles of sandy beaches, the Space Coast is the “gateway to the stars, home of East Coast surfing and the world’s second busiest port.”

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The first of May officially marked the beginning of the sea turtle nesting season in the state of Florida.  Although we want people to come to Florida’s Space Coast to enjoy our beaches, we also want residents and visitors to be aware that they’re not the only ones out there.

To ensure the survival of sea turtles, but still enjoy yourself on our coast here’s a short list of things to remember during sea turtle season:

  • It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests.
  • If you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone.
  • Avoid going to the beach at night. If you must be on the beach at night, limit your walking and do not use flashlights or flash photography.
  • Turn off outside patio lights and shield…

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle Update

Posted by Jody on September 21, 2011

Since 1978, the loggerhead sea turtle has been listed as threatened throughout its range under the Endangered Species Act. Under this act, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) share jurisdiction for the loggerhead sea turtle.

According to NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources “Loggerheads are circumglobal, occurring throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Loggerheads are the most abundant species of sea turtle found in U.S. coastal waters.”

Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Photo by Strobilomyces/Wikimedia Commons)

“In the Atlantic, the loggerhead turtle’s range extends from Newfoundland to as far south as Argentina. During the summer, nesting occurs primarily in the subtropics. Although the major nesting concentrations in the U.S. are found from North Carolina through southwest Florida, minimal nesting occurs outside of this range westward to Texas and northward to southern Virginia. Adult loggerheads are known to make extensive migrations between foraging areas and nesting beaches. During non-nesting years, adult females from U.S. beaches are distributed in waters off the eastern U.S. and throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and Yucatán.”

Loggerhead Hatchling (NPS Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

“The majority of loggerhead nesting occurs in the western rims of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The loggerhead nesting aggregations in Oman, the U.S., and Australia account for about 88% of nesting worldwide. In the southeastern U.S., about 80% of loggerhead nesting occurs in six Florida counties (Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties). In Brevard and Indian River Counties, a 20 mile (32.2 km) section of coastline from Melbourne Beach to Wabasso Beach comprises the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (ACNWR). ACNWR is the most important nesting area for loggerhead turtles in the western hemisphere. Twenty-five percent of all loggerhead nesting in the U.S. occurs in the Refuge. Researchers have recorded nesting densities of 1,000 nests per mile (625 nests per km) within the ACNWR.”

“In the eastern Pacific, loggerheads have been reported as far north as Alaska, and as far south as Chile. In the U.S., occasional sightings are reported from the coasts of Washington and Oregon, but most records are of juveniles off the coast of California. The west coast of Mexico, including the Baja Peninsula, provides critically important developmental habitats for juvenile loggerheads. The only known nesting areas for loggerheads in the North Pacific are found in southern Japan.”

With such a wide ranging population, it’s no wonder that federal agencies have recently ruled it necessary to change the designation of loggerhead sea turtles from one threatened species to nine “distinct population segments.”  Worldwide, four distinct population segments remain listed as “threatened” and five segments are now classified as “endangered.” By all accounts, this new division should help to better assess threats, monitor loggerhead sea turtle populations and focus conservation efforts on the basis of need and region.

Lots of up-to-date information is available on NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Loggerhead Turtle web page. Don’t forget to check out the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge along Florida’s East Coast.

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Nesting season off to a good start for sea turtles on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Posted by Jody on July 20, 2011

This is great news!

Kate Spinner of the Herald-Tribune has written a very informative article on the wonderful start of this year’s sea turtle nesting seasonfrom Venice to Anna Maria Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle from Wikipedia Commons

According to the Herald-Tribune article: “A little more than halfway through the typical nesting season, totals so far this year are roughly 160 nests shy of the total for all of last year. Turtles continue to nest through the early fall with the last hatchlings expected to emerge about the end of October.”

“Adult females return every two to three years to lay eggs, often on or very close to the same beach where they were born. They nest several times in a single season and not always on the same beach. Nests have been documented up to 62 miles apart, Rutger said. Last week a tagged sea turtle that nested on Manasota Key on June 28 was spotted nesting on a beach in Clearwater.

The article, Sea turtle nesting season off to good start“, is quite informative. I appreciate the article’s attention to detail.

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