In Search of Nesting Sea Turtles: New England Aquarium Dive Club January Meeting
Presented by New England Aquarium Dive Club at New England Aquarium
January 16, 2013
Every summer, female sea turtles emerge from the ocean to lay their eggs on the beach. In June 2011, staff and members of Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary embarked on an incredible educational journey to south Florida to search for nesting green, loggerhead, and leatherback sea turtles and meet the scientists that protect these endangered and threatened species.
Education director Amy Fleischer will share the story of their adventure through an illustrated presentation that details their evening patrols and interactions with scientists at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida Oceanographic Institution in Stuart, and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, both in Naples – all of which have a role in protecting sea turtle nests, rescuing and rehabilitating injured or ill sea turtles, and promoting scientific study of sea turtles.
Florida is home to a diverse array of wildlife and habitats, so bobcats, pelicans, manatees, alligators, dolphins, and more will all make cameo appearances. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary rescues cold-stunned sea turtles in the winter months, which are rehabilitated at New England Aquarium’s Quincy facility; an overview of these activities and the 2012 stranding season will conclude the talk.
Meeting is held on the NEAq Harborside Learning Lab.