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June 16, 2017

World Sea Turtle Day!

Happy World Sea Turtle Day!

Today is a day to celebrate everything about Sea Turtles! Every year on June 16th, we highlight the importance of sea turtles in our oceans across the globe and why it is vital to help in their survival. 
(Dr. Archie Carr 1909-1987)
We owe much of what we know today about sea turtles to world renowned biologist, Dr. Archie Carr. Archie is most commonly referred to as "The Father of Sea Turtle Biology" and is the founding director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Thanks to his research, knowledge, and writings, we are able to learn from his teachings and continue his work in ensuring happier and healthier lives for sea turtles everywhere. 
Although today is a day to celebrate, sea turtles need to be appreciated EVERY DAY not just on World Sea Turtle Day! You can help do your part by spreading the word and helping to raise awareness about Sea Turtle Conservation. 
June 02, 2017

Sea Turtle Season is Kicking Off!

With June 1 marking the fourth month of Sea Turtle nesting season, we are beginning to see more females come to shore at night to nest and lay their eggs. 90% of nesting females lay their eggs on Florida's beaches so it is vital that we keep our beaches clean, especially during these eight months. The three most common sea turtles found on Florida's beaches are:

  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Green Sea Turtle
  • Leatherback Sea Turtle

During the first half of Sea Turtle Season, you will find females from these species spanned across Florida's shorelines, with South Florida being one of the most common places to spot a nest. 

In the next coming weeks, some of the nests laid earlier in the season will begin to hatch. Each turtle nest varies with how long the eggs take to hatch based on their species. Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles eggs take about 45-55 days to hatch whereas Leatherback eggs take a lot longer to hatch. Their eggs take anywhere between 70-80 days, sometimes even longer.

This means that very soon, there will be hatchlings that need our helping making their way to the ocean! If you see a nesting female or nest that is hatching, please do not disturb the turtles or touch them - it is illegal to touch them since they are endangered! With your support, we can help hundreds of turtle this season!

April 25, 2017

Turtle Walk with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Have you ever wanted to see Loggerhead, Leatherback, or Green sea turtles lay eggs during sea turtle nesting season? Our friends at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, FL make that possible with their annual Turtle Walks!

During these turtle walks, a professional and educated staff from Gumbo Limbo safely lead you to where you can view female sea turtles laying their eggs on the beaches of South Floirda firsthand. The walks take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from May 18 - July 13. The night begins with an educational program in Gumbo Limbo's classroom where you will learn about sea turtles, their habitats, behaviors, and more. Following the classroom portion is the ecology walk on the beach where more often than not you will be able to witness a female Loggerhead, Leatherback, or green turtle nesting in their natural habitat! 

Tickets for the program are on sale beginning May 8, 2017 and sell out very quickly! Get yours HERE when they become available! 

April 10, 2017

First Kemp Ridley Nest of the Season

Recently, the first Kemp Ridley sea turtle nest of the 2017 nesting season was found in Texas on South Padre Island. The nest was discovered on March 31 and set a new record for the earliest Kemp Ridley sea turtle nest laid of any sea turtle nesting season to date! As an endangered species, it is vital for scientists to keep track of the number of nests laid every season to gain an understanding of the status of their populations. Since the BP oil spill in 2010, their numbers have been declining but scientists and researchers are hoping that their populations will rise. 

The Kemp Ridley nest was found by a local sea turtle patrol who is in charge of looking for sea turtle nests to help protect them from other wildlife, as well as egg poachers, during sea turtle nesting season. Scientists believe that this record-breaking early nest could be the result of a warmer than usual winter. They are also hoping that because of the warmer waters this year, it will be a chance for more female turtles to feed and be more likely to lay eggs this season - which is what the species needs! The eggs from this particular nest were relocated to a hatchery lab where they will be cared for and released to better their chances of survival for the endangered species. 

March 29, 2017

Devocean Co. at Turtle Fest 2017

 

Every year during the spring the Loggerhead Marinelife Center dedicates a day to host TurtleFest, a whole day of awareness for sea turtles, ocean pollution, and marine conservation. This past Saturday, the Devocean team joined other like-minded individuals to partake in an event dedicated to sea turtles! Throughout the festival were various stations, vendors, and sponsors educating the public about the negative effects of ocean pollution, most specifically plastic pollution, and how it effects marine life and the food chain in the ocean. 

 

The name itself, TurtleFest, suggests that the main point of the festival is to raise awareness for sea turtles throughout the world who are in danger and in need of our help. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center works with injured sea turtles and young hatchlings much like the FAU Research Lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Many of the turtles that are brought to the facility have been impacted in some way by marine debris and are a prime example of how our everyday trash becomes their everyday problem. We are also happy to say that TurtleFest was a "waste-free" event, meaning that little to no plastic was used during the event to prevent plastic from potentially making its way into the ocean where sea turtles fall victim to the debris. No plastic utensils or cups were handed out during the day and people who attended were encouraged to bring their own reusable shopping bags or purchase some at the festival. 

We are happy that the Devocean team was able to be a part of this great festival and we look forward to this upcoming Sea Turtle Season to see how many sea turtles we can help make their way to the big, blue ocean!

March 20, 2017

Remember the Turtles This Spring Break!

March is officially the first month of Sea Turtle Season - and also the start of spring break for many colleges throughout the state of Florida. Beginning the first week of March thousands of spring breakers made their way to the beaches of South Florida, Broward county, which is the #1 nesting beach for female sea turtles to lay their eggs, is also one of the most popular beaches during spring break.
The litter and trash left behind by spring breakers and tourists alike do not just leave the beaches looking dirty and unpleasant to be on, it is also an extreme hazard for nesting turtles. South Florida beaches are home to Loggerheads, Green Turtles, and Leatherbacks. These turtles typically come ashore during the night to lay their eggs when the beach isn't as crowded. However, during spring break, the party does not stop when the sun goes down. Many people during this time still continue to crowd the beach through the night. When a female sea turtle comes to shore and is ready to lay her eggs but is startled or scared, she will turn around and go back to the ocean, sometimes completely missing an opportunity to nest altogether. 
The Devocean Co. Team wants to remind everyone to bring home what they brought to the beach with them, or to dispose of it properly. This also means that if you go to throw away your trash in the nearest trash can and it is overflowing, to find another that is not as full. If everyone helps to do their part, it will make for a much healthier and calmer environment for nesting female sea turtles this Sea Turtle Season.

A friendly reminder that

TRASH BELONGS IN THE CAN, NOT IN THE SAND! 

March 01, 2017

Sea Turtle Season Has Officially Begun!

Good news, Devotees! It's March 1 which marks the official start of sea turtle season! This means that in the next few months thousands of female sea turtles will make their way to the beaches from South Carolina to South Florida to lay their eggs. Then, a few months later, our beaches will be crawling with thousands of new born hatchlings! 

Last year in the Boca Raton, Florida region alone there was a reported 729 Loggerhead nests, 37 Green sea turtle nests, and 17 Loggerhead nests. This year we are hoping there will be even more nests than in 2016!

The FAU Research Lab will soon be releasing the very last of the young sea turtles from last season that have grown up in the lab. These turtles are cared for by the FAU professors and lab technicians where they are constantly monitored and fed a special diet created in the lab. This enables them to grow up in a safe and healthy environment until they are big and old enough to make their way back to the ocean. 

Once these turtles are released, the lab in the following months will begin to prepare for a set of new sea turtle hatchlings and the process will start over again. Each year, the lab will care for hundreds of hatchlings which requires time, effort, and funding which is where Devocean Co. comes in and helps out! Thanks to all of our Devotees, we are able to make great contributions to not only the FAU Marine Research Lab but Gumbo Limbo Nature Center as well where adult sea turtle are rehabilitated from sickness and injuries.

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