Chat with Isla the leatherback turtle

Ever wanted to chat with a sea turtle? Send a text message to Isla the leatherback and see what she is up to! She can be reached at 831-346-ISLA (831-346-4752) Isla will be happy to let you know where she is, how she is doing or what she encounters out there in the ocean. Send Read more about Chat with Isla the leatherback turtle[…]

The chase is on!

Shehyn is transmitting beautifully and heading our way! Since we attached her transmitter one week ago, she has travelled 236 km during her journey to the Melbourne Beach area and back toward the nesting beach. We tracked three turtles last year using the same methods and each of those turtles traveled about 500 km each. Read more about The chase is on![…]

She turned!

Shehyn, our tracked leatherback, has made the turn south and is headed back our way. Leatherbacks that nest along our survey beaches typically follow the same pattern. We know this from years of looking at satellite data. They use the Florida Current to swim north. Once they reach the Cape Canaveral area, the either keep Read more about She turned![…]

Where in the world is shehyn?

Two days ago, FLI researchers attached a transmitter to a nesting leatherback to monitor her movements during the internesting period. Leatherbacks nest up to 9 times in a season and typically nest every 9-11 days. Not much is known about their behavior in this short window so our team is tracking them during this time Read more about Where in the world is shehyn?[…]

The fleet expands!

Sorry for the lack of updates but we’ve certainly been busy. In the first 3 weeks of May we’ve had 74 leatherback encounters! That’s despite the fact that it’s been a fairly slow nesting season. We’re excited to be able to capture even more in the coming weeks. Thanks to funds from the Sea Turtle Read more about The fleet expands![…]

Turty McTurtface?

With a small cold front moving through Florida and temperatures dipping into the 50s, we’re adding on the layers. While not cold by most standards, temps in the 50s while driving on a windy, humid beach can bring on the shivers. We’ve had a great week despite the chill. Last night we had a perfectly Read more about Turty McTurtface?[…]