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A first? Leatherback sea turtle nest found in the Keys


What is thought to be the first leatherback sea turtle nest ever in the Florida Keys was discovered this month, and it looks like some of the hatchlings have made it to the water and more hatchlings are expected.

The nest is at Bahia Honda State Park at mile marker 36.8 in the Lower Keys. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife biologist Sue Schaf said the last time leatherback nests were found down here was in 2004, when three were found in the Dry Tortugas 70 miles west of Key West.

“I guess [the Bahia Honda] turtle got a little lost,” Schaf said.

The most common sea turtles in the Keys are greens and loggerheads, though we get the occasional Kemp’s ridley and hawksbill. Like leatherbacks, all are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The Bahia Honda leatherback nest was discovered July 14, Bahia Honda park services specialist Keely Final said. The original “crawl,” when the mother comes out of the water to nest, was May 17, she said.

“The amount of sand that was disturbed was at least triple the size of a normal crawl we see at the beaches here,” Final said.

Ranger Elaine Mason discovered a circular depression in the sand that indicates a hatched nest. Upon investigating, she found a live hatchling emerging from the nest. Schaf, who specializes in sea turtles, confirmed the find. The hatchling was healthy and active and ready to swim.

Zaharah Buck, an 8-year-old junior ranger from Michigan, had the honor of releasing the baby into the ocean. The nest was left alone for the next 72 hours to await more hatchlings and then evaluation. Periodic monitoring of the nest revealed more turtle tracks, indicating more emerging hatchlings, Final said.

On July 17, staff from the park, FWC and Save a Turtle evaluated the nest, taking sand samples and measurements, then started to dig. To their surprise, there was a live hatchling in the clutch cavity. It was measured, photographed and named Franklin. Franklin was tucked away with damp sand in a dark environment to mimic the nest and kept until nightfall to be released.

The final count for the nest was seven hatched, 46 eggs were unfertilized, 11 eggs were fertilized and one hatchling died. That made for a total of 65 eggs.

“It’s amazing,” Bette Zirkelbach, manager of Marathon’s Turtle Hospital, said. “I’m really excited.”

Final said the low number of hatchlings might be attributed to high tides in June; the nest had possible saltwater intrusion.

She said the park will have to wait two to three years to see if the mother leatherback returns to lay another nest, and anywhere from nine to 13 years to see if the hatchlings that emerged return to the park beach to lay nests.

Leatherbacks are deep-water turtles, so if one is in shallow water, it likely is sick if not nesting. About three years ago, one was found off the Keys wrapped in trap rope, but it was removed at sea, Zirkelbach said.

About six to eight years ago, an injured leatherback was found off the Keys and brought to the Turtle Hospital. The hospital tanks weren’t big enough for it, so it was brought via flatbed truck to a pool at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key, where it died.

By Larry Kahn
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MANTA ray that occurs in all tropical seas and may reach very great size. It is sometimes seen leaping high out of the water.

MANTA ray qui se produit dans toutes les mers tropicales et peut atteindre une très grande taille. Il est parfois vu sautant haut hors de l'eau.
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Awesome video! 8 Mysterious creatures that washed up on shore!
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Endangered sea turtles rescued in Myrtle Beach back in Atlantic



- Sea turtles named Flounder and Apache are back in the Atlantic Ocean after being rescued off Myrtle Beach

- Endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were released late Friday at Folly Beach southwest of Charleston

- Both were rehabilitated at the South Carolina Aquarium
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A green sea turtle, rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital after being entangled in fishing gear, was fitted with a satellite tracking transmitter and released from a Florida Keys beach Friday.
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Red crab captured on the sea beach at Mondarmoni, West Bengal,India

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Bullfrog observing the area :)
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A Pair of Common Goldeneye Ducks

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The Great Sea Turtle Race


Was it pre-race jitters? Dash was feverishly thumping her flippers at the wooden sides of her beach corral. An attentive volunteer placed a white towel atop the sea turtle's head to calm her down. Meanwhile, the countdown was on for the 2015 Tour de Turtle.

Sporting a 27- inch long curved shell, Dash was going loggerhead-to-loggerhead with Myrtle (with a 43-inch shell). Close to a 2,000 spectators turned up last July at the Barrier Island Center located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in southern Melbourne Beach to cheer on the two competitors.

Ladies, start your engines! Then the checkered flag was dropped. Turned out it was not much of a contest as Dash (appropriately named) scooted out of the corral and down the beach slope where she paused just a moment, then duck dived under a wave into the sea. Home at last. Time to the sea, impressively under two minutes. Left in the dust, er sand, was Myrtle still lumbering along. Well, she is a turtle, right.

It's time for the 9th annual Tour de Turtles where another pair of loggerheads will compete on a Sunday July 31 in Melbourne Beach. The goal is to see which turtle travels the furthest distance over the next three months. After laying their eggs in Brevard County they travel hundreds, if not thousands of miles, to feeding areas. They will be competing versus 11 other sea turtles released from beaches around Vero Beach, Clearwater, the Florida Keys, Costa Rica, Nevis, Panama and Cuba. Each turtle swimming in the Tour de Turtles is an ambassador to raise awareness about a specific threat to sea turtles.

Created in 2008 by The Sea Turtle Conservancy, the Tour de Turtles is a fun, educational journey through the science, research and geography of sea turtle migration using satellite telemetry. With help from sponsors and partners, the Tour de Turtle follows the marathon migration of sea turtles, representing four different species, from their nesting beaches to their foraging grounds. Stretching southward into Indian River County, the rural beaches of the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge comprise the top loggerhead nesting site in the world.

Sporting satellite transmitters atop their shells, Sea Turtle Conservancy and University of Central Florida researchers will monitor the turtles' travels during the next ninety days using instruments attached to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization weather satellites. The turtle that travels the furthest distance is crowned winner. Each contestant’s progress will be followed closely for years.

In 2015 Myrtle was fifth, while placed eighth in the race. According to Becca Gelwicks of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, as of July 10, Dash covered 844 in 110 days and is currently roaming offshore in the Bahamas. Still being tracked, Myrtle has covered 1,732 miles in 347 days and is now hundreds of miles offshore in the Outer Banks, N. C. as of July 10. Sea Turtle Conservancy officials had documented 15,290 loggerhead nests, 391 green turtle nests and 71 and one Ridley Kemp nest thus far this season that ends November 1.

The Sea Turtle Conservancy has created a secondary competition within the Tour de Turtles marathon known as the Causes Challenge. Each turtle is swimming to raise awareness about a “cause.” As a turtle is supported through Adopt-A-Turtle donations, her Cause Meter will show the amount raised by that turtle. Tour de Turtles is intended to teach us about the sea turtles' primary threats such as commercial trawl fisheries, plastic debris, climate change, light pollution along nesting beaches, egg poaching and boat strikes. Fans can track all 13 turtles and the distance covered online at tourdeturtles.org.

Tour de Turtles schedule

The Sea Turtle Conservancy will host a Tour de Turtles kickoff celebration featuring hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, live music, and a silent auction to benefit sea turtle conservation on Saturday, July 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barrier Island Center, 8385 State Road A1A. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $35 at the door. The public can get involved by supporting a turtle's specific cause. All proceeds support sea turtle conservation efforts.

Sunday, July 31, two female loggerhead turtles will be released at 8 a.m. on the beach at the Barrier Island Center. After the release children can explore a maze to discover the threats sea turtles face and enjoy more family fun on the BIC's deck. Tour de Turtles T-shirts will be on sale. The event is free and open to the public. Officials recommend that attendees arrive 30 minutes early. Parking at BIC and the adjacent Bonsteel Park is limited, and carpooling is recommended.

For more information http://goo.gl/70oFlc or call 321-723-3556.

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