Clearwater Marine Aquarium reminds the public that sea turtle nesting season begins May 1 and runs through Oct. 31, a critical time for sea turtles who continue their legacy and return to their original beach where they were born to lay their eggs.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) released 10 critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles Tuesday, March 7, at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach. Each turtle received a clean bill of health from CMA’s veterinary team prior to release into Atlantic waters.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) was fortunate to be funded in whole by a grant awarded from the Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is supported by a portion of revenues from Florida’s Sea Turtle Specialty License Plate.
Since January 3, we have had over 70 live sea turtle intakes from Pinellas and the surrounding counties due to cold weather effects. In most of the cases, these sea turtles were already compromised with viruses, boat strikes and buoyancy issues. Low water temperatures and high winds can cause already sick sea turtles to become even more lethargic, and many have been found floating causing this influx of intakes to our facility.