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Lee County deputy saves sea turtle suffering from red tide

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A Lee County deputy came to the rescue of an endangered sea turtle after he saw the animal in “obvious distress.” Lee County Sheriff’s Office According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Kyle Hargis sprang into action after a lieutenant noticed the turtle having trouble in the water near the area of Coon Key. Hargis successfully got the turtle, identified as a Kemp’s Ridley turtle, out of the water after several tries. Lee County Sheriff’s Office The turtle was covered in wet towels as rescue crews transported it to FWC and...

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Endangered sea turtle dies from suspected red tide poisoning

CHARLOTTE HARBOR, Fla. – A red tide bloom off our coast is suspected to be responsible for the death of the world’s smallest and most endangered sea turtle. On May 14, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was admitted to CROW after it was rescued in Charlotte Harbor, according to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. The turtle was found floating, breathing strangely, and acting like something was stuck in its mouth. Veterinarians suspected red tide poisoning. Despite intensive treatment for brevetoxicosis, SCCF said the turtle did not survive. The Kemp’s ridley is critically...

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Volunteers mark first sea turtle nest of the season at Sanibel beach

SANIBEL, Fla.– The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation (SCCF) announced the first sea turtle nest of the season, on the west end of Sanibel. A loggerhead turtle, nicknamed ‘Cookie Dough’ by SCCF nested on the beach in Sanibel. She has previously made her nest on the same beach in 2017 and 2019. Volunteers with SCCF marked the nest on Monday. SCCF asks that beachgoers do their part to protect the turtles by filling in holes that could trap them, flatten sandcastles, and remove all furniture, gear, and toys at the end of the day. More information on protecting costal wildlife can...

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Captiva reports first sea turtle nest of the 2021 season

CAPTIVA, Fla. – . – Season turtle season is off to a great start so far in Southwest Florida with the discovery of at least three nests since the beginning of the 2021 season on Saturday. A sea turtle nest was discovered on Captiva marking the first nest of the season to be reported in the area, according to the Captiva Erosion Prevention District. Photo: Captiva Erosion Prevention District The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) reported the first nest found on Sanibel island on Wednesday, April 28. : @shane_antalick & SCCF  A team with the Conservancy of Southwest...

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Sea turtle nesting season begins Saturday

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Sea turtle nesting season begins this May 1, and beachgoers can prepare by reviewing ways to be turtle-friendly this summer. Florida is home to many species of sea turtles that nest on our coastline. Beaches in Southwest Florida host three species: loggerhead, green, and a few Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Each nesting season, local officials install temporary stakes and educational signs around nesting areas to create a buffer zone between humans and turtle nests. When visiting SWFL beaches, be sure to give nests plenty of space and to fill any holes dug and...

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