This past year, we've been able to make a huge, positive difference in the lives of sea turtles. With your help, we were able to release several hundred baby sea turtles safely back to the ocean after being cared for in the FAU Sea Turtle Research Lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Below, we have highlighted just some of the many milestones for sea turtles and our oceans this past year!
- Green Sea Turtles in Florida and Mexico are no longer considered Endangered (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA))
- Sanibel Island, Florida had a record-breaking number of sea turtle nests for this nesting season with a total of 636 nests - beating the record back from 2000!
- The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) has worked with over 65 properties, representing over 45,000 linear feet of beach darkened to decrease the number of sea turtle hatchlings who become disoriented due to artificial lighting along the coastline
- Under authority of the Antiquities Act, President Obama expanded Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii (a marine preservation site) by 442,000 square miles
- Increased research and knowledge has led to hundreds of sea turtles being successfully treated for Fibropapillomatosis (a cancerous virus that produces both external and internal tumors)
Milestones and accomplishments such as the ones stated above are why we so strongly believe in the importance of contributing to sea turtle research to learn how we can effectively improve the lives of these beautiful marine animals. Our vision is to have our oceans clean and free from pollution so that sea turtles and all marine animals may live happy and healthy lives. We are committed to saving our oceans and are glad we have so many Devotees who have the same determination and commitment.
Thank you all for helping to make this year an incredible year for Sea Turtles!