Fraser’s Dolphin Strands on Siesta Key Off Florida’s Southwest Coast

  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

Two Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nests Destroyed, One Adult Dead in Miami

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.

Happy Birthday, Valkkai!

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

Happy Birthday Month, Kaytar!

🎉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

Sea Turtles Showing Up Lethargic on Cocoa Beach

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.