Good news, Devotees! On March 1, now less than one month away, the official Sea Turtle Season will begin and we will soon start to see nesting females come to shore to lay their eggs. Sea Turtle Season runs from March 1 - October 31. In this time, thousands of females will travel hundreds, some even thousands, of miles to return to the beach where they were originally born at. Loggerheads, Green Sea Turtles, and the rare Leatherbacks are the three sea turtles who utilize Florida's beaches for their nests.
During the season, these yellow signs will line the coastlines and beaches ranging from Broward County in South Florida to the coast of South Carolina. Broward County is the county with the most nests laid every year. Devocean Co. is lucky enough to be based out of South Florida where we are able to actively help as many hatchlings as possible. Each sea turtle season, the FAU Research Lab cares for hundreds of hatchlings where they are fed a special diet and closely monitored until they are old enough and strong enough to be released back to the ocean.
- 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)