On Saturday, around 1:00 PM, Mote Marine Laboratory’s stranding investigations program, assisted by members of Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, the Chicago Zoological Society Program, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrived at Siesta Key’s Turtle Beach to … Continue reading
(Featured image: Bottlenose Dolphin in the Banana River, in Brevard County) Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organisim, was recently discovered in waters in Franklin County on Florida’s northwest coast, and in Brevard County on Florida’s east coast.
Scalloping is a fun outdoor activity that the whole family can participate in. It’s very simple – snorkel over the seagrass beds, find a scallop in the grass, and dive down to get it. While you’re at it, you may … Continue reading
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Yesterday, word got out that FWC is investigating the death of an adult Loggerhead Sea Turtle on Miami Beach in Florida. It appears that an ATV ran over the endangered turtle while it was either crawling up on to the beach to make a nest or making its way back to the water after completing one.
That’s not all, though. It appears that the same ATV which killed the adult Loggerhead also ran over and destroyed two nest mounds, too.
Loggerhead Sea Turtles are endangered and are protected by local, state, and federal laws. The death of the adult and destruction of the two nests is a terrible loss, and the event has tourists concerned.
If you ever come across a sea turtle nest (they’re usually marked off) or a nesting female, please leave it be. You can also help nesting turtles and their hatchlings by cleaning up all of your trash and toys off the beach and blocking or turning off lights visible from the beach during the turtle nesting/hatching season.
Someone very special is turning one year old today! Happy happy birthday to Valkkai the dolphin from Gasparilla Sound! It’s hard for me to believe that he’should already a year old. It seems like just yesterday we were idling the … Continue reading
🎉Someone very special in Placida, Florida is celebrating his/her second birthday this month! It’s Kaytar, once a playful little calf, now a two-year-old dolphin! 🎉 Although we don’t know the exact date of Kaytar’s birth, we suspect that he/she was born … Continue reading
In February of 2017, Dolphin Discoveries Project was looking into starting up dolphin research in the Matanzas River, but because the conditions there were not quite as favorable as those in other Florida intercoastal waterways, we had abandoned the idea. … Continue reading
In June of 2015, a transient dolphin with no dorsal fin was spotted in Gasparilla Sound, just off Coral Creek. This was also the same time that T-3 “Deak” went missing. We had no facial or fluke photographs of Deak for … Continue reading
I am an active Instagram user who manages two accounts. I am involved in the cetacean captivity debate, so I read a lot of content from both pro-captivity people and anti-captivity people. Unfortunately, I have been noticing many posts on … Continue reading
This morning, while we were fishing, a lady that we had talked to on the beach yesterday came up to us again today and said that she had seen a baby sea turtle on the beach around where we were standing. I asked her a few questions about it, and shortly after she actually found it again. The turtle was on the beach and was very lethargic, not moving at all except for slight movements of its head and blinking. I went to call a rescue network, but before I could, a wave came and washed the turtle away. I must have looked for the turtle for an hour – all through the sargassum on the beach and in the waves and shallow water. We did not find it, but two other people on the beach that I talked to said that they also saw dead and/or lethargic baby turtles on the beach during the previous few days.
That one turtle may have not been rescued, I will be carrying a bag with a phone whenever I go on the beach. I also have tried calling a nearby turtle rescue network to tell them about what I found, but they are not open yet, so I will call them when they open. I will post if we find any more turtles on the shore.
If you ever find a sick or injured turtle on the beach, don’t try to put them back in the ocean. Call a rescue network immediately. And while you are with the turtle, make sure you do not touch or poke at it.
I know that there are a few big fans of Deak the dolphin out there, but unfortunately sometime between our May 2015 field trip and our June 2015 field trip to Inkfish Bay, Deak had a collision with a boat … Continue reading