Turtle nesting season starts March 1st. The first appearances of the Leatherbacks have begun! Book your dives now and discover the best of the Palm Beach Dive experiences at Jupiter Dive Center.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center recorded 213 leatherback sea turtle nests on the beaches of North Palm Beach in 2015. The Leatherback Project created by LMC is committed to continuously monitoring the nesting of these beautiful sea creatures and educating their guests, our community, and our planet as to the importance of the leatherback sea turtle. Jupiter Dive Center has been a long time partner with LMC to support the protection of our local turtles.
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Leatherback Sea Turtle Facts:
Question: How long does it take on average for a leatherback sea turtle nest to hatch-out on our local beaches?
Answer: On average it takes 65 days for the hatchlings to emerge and make their way to the ocean.
Question: How many eggs does a nesting female lay at one time?
Answer: Typically leatherback females will produce about 74 eggs per nest.
Question: How many eggs are successful in producing hatchlings?
Answer: About 46% of leatherback eggs on our beaches will produce hatchlings (baby sea turtles!)
Palm Beach County beaches account for nearly 40% of leatherback nests laid in the state of Florida, making these beaches crucial nesting habitat for leatherback turtles. The continuation of long-term data collection is essential in determining the health of this population. Therefore, understanding what is happening on these beaches is critical to understanding the Atlantic leatherback population.
Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring at Loggerhead Marine life Center:
Loggerhead Marine life Center of Juno Beach has been conducting one of the longest running sea turtle monitoring programs in the state of Florida. Our founder Eleanor Fletcher began her survey of our local beaches over thirty years ago. In its more formal state, our sea turtle nesting survey was started in 1989 and now includes survey zones along Jupiter Island, Jupiter, and Juno beaches in Palm Beach County, FL.
Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas) and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) turtles are the primary species documented nesting along these beaches.
Palm Beach County Beaches, a Leatherback sea turtle “hot-spot”:
Palm Beach County, Florida hosts the highest leatherback nest counts in Florida, accounting for 38.7% of total nesting leatherback sea turtles observed state wide.
CNN recently published an article about out-of-control blooms of jellyfish in the world’s oceans. One of the reasons jellyfish are becoming out-of-control in certain geographic regions is because of the decline of jellyfish’s natural predators.
One of the best natural predators to Jelly Fish is the leatherback sea turtle! Leatherbacks eat jellyfish – a lot of jelly fish! Leatherback sea turtles are critical for the health of our ocean eco-systems as well as the health of our local beaches.
The Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea):
The Leatherback sea turtle is the largest sea turtle living in our oceans, unfortunately this sea turtle is one of the most threatened.
Dining by design:
Leatherback sea turtles eat their body weight every day in jellyfish and given leatherbacks can weigh-in at 2,000 lbs., leatherback sea turtles are one of natures best solutions to lowering the numbers of jelly fish in our waters and on our beaches.
Soft shells = deep ocean living:
Leatherback sea turtles are very unique in that they are a soft-shelled sea turtle covered with a soft ‘leathery’ skin.
This amazing soft shelled sea turtle is designed to dive to extreme ocean depths and because of its soft shell the leatherback’s body can compress and withstand the extreme pressures of the deep; a fascinating creature indeed!
For more information on the leatherback sea turtle please visit Loggerhead Marine life Center’s exhibit hall where you will find a lot more information on this extraordinary sea turtle.
Educating the world:
LMC is one of the top visited cultural attractions in Palm Beach County. In 2015 LMC welcomed over 300,000 visitors to our beach-side campuses.
Education was core to our founder’s vision and remains central to LMC’s mission today. In 2015 more than 45,000 registered students were enrolled in our educational programs.
Helping Sea turtles thrive! Over the years, hundreds of threatened and endangered sea turtles have been rehabilitated and released from LMC’s world-class hospital and each year thousands of disorientated sea turtle hatchlings are treated and released by our team.
Because of the loving support of our community, our board of directors, our donors and our passionate volunteers, LMC is able to operate as a free cultural facility. We don’t charge admission and we are very proud to continue the work Mrs. Fletcher began for us more than 30 years ago.