Turtle Tracks Newsletter

September 2023


We're Seeing Green (Sea Turtles)!

It’s rare to get green sea turtle nests in the Florida Keys so it was very exciting to count 100 hatched eggs during our excavation that made it successfully to their ocean home! We found one hatchling still hanging out in the nest. After a quick swim test, that little one also headed out to sea. We were thrilled to have the FWC come out to help with the excavation!

Remembering a Keys Legend

Save-A-Turtle board member stops by Jimmy Buffett’s Shrimpboat Studios in Key West to pay respects at the memorial and add one of our beautiful SAT logo stickers to the collection.

On September 1, 2023, the world lost Jimmy Buffett. So many of us feel such a strong connection to Jimmy, whether we had the privilege of knowing him personally or not. His music will never die, nor will the spirit of life being a celebration as he embodied it. He was a hero to the manatees and cared deeply about our oceans. We share our grief, as well as our gratitude, here with all of you.

As Jimmy said “wrinkles only go where the smiles have been.” “Breathe in, breathe out, move on.”

Rest in peace, Jimmy.

Check us out on GMA!

The Good Morning America crew was down filming in the Keys in July for a segment regarding sea turtles and we are beyond excited to share the link with you! Click HERE to view!

It's a record breaking year!

For the first time in 16 years, a leatherback sea turtle nest successfully hatches on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore! Read more about that HERE!

There have been reports from all over Florida and beyond that a record number of turtles, sometimes rare for the location, have nested this year! You can read more in the articles below.

Sea Turtle Nests on VA beach

Texas Breaks Record For Green Sea Turtle Nests

PLEASE Slow Down and Look Out!

Large loggerhead female deceased after boat strike. Red arrow indicates start of propeller strike.

It's an all too common occurrence when boats and marine animals meet on the water... boat strikes! Sadly, we receive calls on these occurrences FAR TOO OFTEN.

One way that you can help protect marine life when you’re out enjoying the waterways is to have a designated marine animal spotter on board whenever possible. Somebody that is looking out constantly for the dolphins, manatees and sea turtles that may be found in our waterways.

Additionally, please make sure you’re following slow speed and no wake signs.

If you happen to encounter an injured marine animal while you’re enjoying your boating time or out on the beach in Florida, please call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

Outreach poster developed by NOAA Fisheries and the Hawai'i Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation

Outreach poster developed by NOAA Fisheries and the Hawai'i Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation

September 2023 Board Meeting

Save-A-Turtle Board Meeting

Monday, September 11th

6:30 - 8:30PM

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 829 7023 2616

Passcode: 210787

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2023 Save-A-Turtle Board Members

Below are the elected members of the 2023 Save-A-Turtle Board

President: Harry Appel

Vice President: Heather Skelley

Treasurer: Dawn Bowles

Secretary: Sara Casey

Board Member: Scott Cator

Board Member: Jennifer DeMaria

Board Member: Alyssa Gruebele

Board Member: Chelsea Oatman

Technical Advisor: Sue Schaf

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Report Sick, Injured or Dead Sea Turtles in Florida

Call FWCC at 888-404-FWCC (3922)

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