Loggerhead turtle nest webcam


This video says about itself:

High quality rare video of baby loggerhead sea turtles hatching out of a nest and running across a Sarasota Florida beach and into the Gulf of Mexico during the night of September 26, 2006. Video shot with permission using invisible infrared red light to prevent any effect on the turtles. …

This hatch occurred during a significant Red Tide outbreak (Karenia brevis algae bloom) and the baby turtles had to climb over some dead fish killed by the red tide in order to reach the water.

From Underwater Times:

Florida Keys Turtlecam Goes Live; Daytime And Infrared Views Of Loggerhead Nest

Underwatertimes.com News Service

August 17, 2009 21:29 EST

BIG PINK KEY [sic; Big Pine Key], Florida — Environmental enthusiasts should be able to observe infant loggerhead sea turtles hatching and emerging from their nest, via a live streaming “turtle webcam” installed on a private beach on Big Pine Key in the Lower Florida Keys.

Viewers can access the webcam, which offers daytime viewing of the loggerhead nest in natural light and infrared nighttime viewing to avoid disturbing the turtles, at www.fla-keys.com/turtlecam.

The camera currently is focused on a nest with eggs projected to hatch by Aug. 24 during the nighttime hours. Afterwards, plans call for relocating it to other nearby nests with eggs projected to hatch at night on varying dates through Sept. 9.

Once a nest has hatched, recorded footage of the hatching should be available for viewing on the site.

Loggerhead, green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles nest on beaches in the Florida Keys or inhabit regional waters. All five species are considered threatened or endangered.

The Bahamas‘ Sweeping New Legal Protections for Sea Turtles: here.

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  1. Tuesday,18 August 2009 20:16 hrs IST

    Sea turtles under threat in Kerala

    Thiruvananthapuram: Climate change coupled with construction of sea walls is threatening the habitat of the endangered sea turtles along the Kerala coast, say conservationists. The number of sea turtles along the Kerala coast was fast dwindling in the last few years due to habitat destructions, poaching, marine debris and fishing activities, according to A. Biju Kumar, conservationist and faculty member of Department of Aquatic Biology, Kerala University.

    With the “unscientific construction” of granite walls along seashores, turtles were being deprived of even a small slope in beaches to get to the sands for hatching, he said.

    Out of the 590 km-long stretch of coastline in the state, only about 150 km is now without any kind of sea walls, he pointed out. “The turtles need at least a small slope to get to the coast for hatching,” he said.

    Olive Ridley is the common sea turtle found in the region along with hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles, he said. The green turtles sighted in Ponnani coast in the Malabar region, have not been seen for the past years now, he said.

    The dwindling number of turtles is a cause of concern to conservationists as it might take another 25 years for them to come back to our coastal belt once they stopped hatching here. “Once they stop coming to the seashore for hatching, the turtles will not come to our coast for the next two decades,” Kumar said.

    As part of conservation measures, formation of a ‘Model Coastal Eco-Development Committee’ had been proposed for the Vizhinjam coast near here as a pilot project, Bijukumar said. The committee would ensure the involvement of local community in the conservation efforts. Wildlife and bio-diversity outside forests does not get the same level of significance as other animals coming under the Wildlife Protection Act like tigers and leopards, he said.

    “Also, when we look at the extent, oceans and marine ecosystem forms the world’s largest ecosystem covering about 70 per cent or more of the earth’s surface,” he pointed out.

    A multi-pronged approach was necessary for the protection and conservation of our marine and coastal ecosystem and its bio-diversity, he added. As a first step in conserving sea turtles, their existing breeding places had to be protected and strict monitoring was required to avoid any human activity in their territory. Besides, involvement of local community in protection and conservation was essential to tackle the problem of poaching and hunting of the turtles, he said.

    Though the sale of sea turtles was banned, trade in its meat was still on in many places of the state particularly in southern Kerala, he said.

    Jayakumar, an activist of ‘Thanal’, an NGO working in the environmental field, said the increase in the number of outboard engine fishing boats had also driven away sea turtles from the Kerala coast.

    Mortality rate of sea turtles due to accidents involving outboard engine boats was also high, Jayakumar, who conducted a study on sea turtles for the Centre for Development Studies, said. The conservation of sea turtles also comes under the purview of the Forest Department. But, the department does not have the required Marine Division and mechanism to enforce measures to protect and conserve sea turtles, he said.

    http://www.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/contentView.do?contentId=5854408&contentType=EDITORIAL&BV_ID=@@@

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  2. Endangered turtle’s amazing journey

    2009/08/28
    Ben Maclennan

    Cape Town – A leatherback turtle fitted with a satellite transmitter on a KwaZulu Natal beach turned up a year later near St Helena island in the Atlantic Ocean, wildlife authorities said this week.

    The female was tagged at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park during the January 2008 nesting season, Ezemvelo KwaZulu Natal Wildlife (EKZNW) said.

    This particular animal was thought to have been lost until the satellite began to pick up its signal again off St Helena more than a year later.

    The signal had since stopped, probably due to battery failure in the transmitter. Almost all previous tracking projects had shown that leatherbacks moved around the Cape and headed up in to the Atlantic Ocean, with the signals ceasing way out to sea off southern Angola.

    “Then we don’t know where they go after that,” EKZNW spokesman Jeff Gaisford said. “It’s a total mystery.”

    EKZNW said steel components of the harness holding the satellite transmitters were designed to rust away, allowing the rig to drop off the animal after about a year.

    Leatherbacks, the largest of all turtles, are classified as critically endangered world-wide.

    The true population size is not known, as only adult females come ashore for nesting. – Sapa

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  3. September 02, 2009

    Turtle watchers worry over decline in nests

    One species, leatherbacks, doing well

    By DINAH VOYLES PULVER
    Environmental Writer

    A slight increase in loggerhead turtle nests on Florida beaches last year had turtle experts hopeful they might see an end to years of dwindlingnesting. Instead, loggerhead nesting resumed a dramatic decline this year.

    “Out of 20 years, this is one of our five lowest for loggerheads,” said Jennifer Winters, who oversees Volusia County’s beach habitat conservation program.

    It was also a slow summer for loggerhead nesting at Canaveral National Seashore, resource management specialist John Stiner said. Not only were loggerhead nests down at Canaveral, the number of green turtles returning to the beach there was “way down.”

    Green turtle nests also dropped in the part of Volusia County north of Canaveral and in Flagler County. But Stiner said the number of green turtle nests typically fluctuates every other year.

    On a positive note, the number of nesting leatherback turtles grew and fewer nests were washed out to sea.

    “We set a record for leatherbacks,” Stiner said. “We’ve had 26. The most we had in previous years was 21 in 2007.”

    Favorable beach conditions so far this season mean more turtle hatchlings are making it safely to the ocean, Winters said.

    “We’ve done pretty well as far as tides, storms and erosion go,” she said. “I think there have been only two nests washed out and even with those, the eggs were able to be moved up higher on the beach.”

    Winters said South Florida also had a great year for leatherback turtles.

    But the decline in loggerhead nests has state and federal officials concerned. Final numbers won’t be available for several weeks but with nesting officially ended on Monday, state biologists expect totals to be down significantly statewide.

    With the exception of last year, loggerhead nests in Florida have fallen every year since 1998.

    Federal officials consider the loggerhead a threatened species, but with the continuing decline in nesting, some experts and turtle advocates say its status should be changed to endangered, meaning it’s at risk of extinction.

    Scientists don’t know why fewer loggerheads are nesting, but fear it could be simply because there are fewer loggerheads. That could signal major problems for the species because more than 90 percent of the world’s loggerheads nest in only two places: Florida and Oman on the Indian Ocean.

    In a report published earlier this year, Anne Meylan, a senior research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and a group of colleagues concluded the decline might be attributed to fewer female hatchlings some 30 to 45 years ago or to increased deaths of immature and mature female sea turtles the past several decades.

    If the decline in loggerhead nests continues, scientists said the turtles should be given critically endangered status, meaning they would be at risk of immediate extinction. Loggerheads face many threats, including disease, entrapment in commercial fishing equipment and collision with boats.

    dinah.pulver@news-jrnl.com

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  4. Turtles nest despite a movie and poachers

    Loggerhead turnout average this season in Georgia, but genetics yields new information

    Posted: October 29, 2009 – 12:16am

    By Mary Landers

    Every summer, scores of workers comb Georgia beaches daily for signs of sea turtle activity. And every October, the people who do that surveillance get together to share what the turtle nesting season brought.

    This year, it yielded a Miley Cyrus movie featuring a Georgia loggerhead hatchling, some egg poachers on Sapelo and maybe Tybee (turtle eggs are a purported aphrodisiac), and an average number of loggerhead nests – 995.

    That total is far from the goal of 2,800 nests per year that would show the now-threatened species has recovered in Georgia, said Mark Dodd, Georgia sea turtle coordinator and a biologist with the Department of Natural Resources. But there are reasons for optimism. On Wassaw, Blackbeard and Cumberland islands, where nesting surveys have been taking place for 37 years, the data may reveal a long-term decline is starting to turn around.

    “Hopefully, the next couple of years will tell the tale, and we’ll see these numbers start to creep up a little,” Dodd told turtle cooperators in Brunswick on Wednesday.

    Mike Frick of the Caretta Research Project on Wassaw thinks he’s been witnessing evidence of that upswing in the form of new turtle mothers.

    “We’re definitely getting some turtles that are true neophytes,” he said. “They were just dinky.”

    An average nesting loggerhead measures about 39 inches along the curved length of its shell. Wassaw has seen some just 32 inches long.

    Wassaw, where a long-term tagging project is in effect, also sees many turtles repeatedly. One first tagged in 1986 has been seen in 10 nesting seasons since then. She’s laid 31 nests containing 3,809 eggs, said Kris Williams of the Caretta Research Project.

    The turtle workers – scores of volunteers plus summer interns and working professionals with the DNR, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and several nonprofits – input information to a master database as they find nests, protect them and eventually record the number of hatchlings.

    For each nest in Georgia during the past two years, they’ve also collected an egg for an ongoing genetic study of Georgia’s nesting sea turtles. That study continues to fill in details about the turtles that nest in Georgia; it likely will be expanded to the Carolinas next year.

    About 1,000 different females have been identified so far. Data from a pilot study that stretches back even further indicate the females seem to be nesting in three-year cycles. Dodd predicts the total number of nesting females along the Georgia coast will be about 1,300.

    The study has identified mother-daughter pairs, including the daughters of “Big Bertha,” a loggerhead first tagged in Georgia in 1994. DNA markers identified a female that nested on Blackbeard Island in 2005 as her daughter; another daughter showed up on Jekyll last year. Since turtles aren’t able to reproduce until they’re about 30, Big Bertha is estimated to be more than 60 years old.

    “It’s cool to know we have a mom and one of her daughters nesting on Jekyll,” said Stefanie Ouellette, marine field surveys coordinator for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
    Sea turtle fundraiser
    Since 1973, the Caretta Research Project has been a hands-on research and conservation program dedicated to protecting loggerheads, whose scientific name is Caretta caretta.
    The project hosts groups of volunteers that travel to Wassaw to monitor egg-laying activity/hatching rates and collect data on the loggerhead turtles.
    A benefit for Caretta will take place 6-9 p.m. Nov. 5 at Bonna Bella Yacht Club, with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a live auction, cash bar and music by Roy & the Circuit Breakers. The cost is $50 per person. For more information, call Kris Williams at 912-655-4099.

    New coastal resources director named
    A.G. Spud Woodward will be the director of the Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division effective Dec. 1, the DNR announced Wednesday.
    Woodward was approved by the Board of Natural Resources at its monthly meeting Wednesday in Atlanta. He will succeed Susan Shipman, who served as CRD Director for seven years and who will retire Nov. 30. Woodward is a 25-year veteran of the department, having served as CRD assistant director for marine fisheries since 2002.
    He received a bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology from Augusta College and a master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee. He is a USCG-licensed vessel captain, a POST-certified peace officer and a Certified Fisheries Professional.
    Woodward lives in Brunswick with his wife, Chris, who is editor of Sport Fishing magazine. His daughter, Sally, is a freshman at Georgia Southern University. The Coastal Resources Division of Georgia DNR is the state agency entrusted to manage Georgia’s coastal marshes, beaches, waters and fisheries for the benefit of present and future generations.

    Seaturtle nesting 2009
    Here are the numbers of all recorded leatherback and loggerhead seaturtle nests on each of Georgia’s barrier islands this year:
    Tybee 3
    Little Tybee 7
    Wassaw 91
    Ossabaw 104
    St. Catherines 102
    Blackbeard 142
    Sapelo 72
    Little St. Simons 52
    Sea Island 76
    St. Simons 3
    Jekyll 73
    Little Cumberland 27
    Cumberland 251
    Total 1,003
    Source: Ga. Dept. of Natural Resources

    http://savannahnow.com/news/2009-10-29/turtles-nest-despite-movie-and-poachers

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