We started the night last night with hatchlings on the beach! They had just emerged and most of them had made it to the water already, apart from a few stragglers. Our team (Emma and Kenny) rounded them up and made sure they got safely down the beach and into the water. This last week … More 21 May update – Nesters and hatchlings 🙂
It’s been an epic week here in St. Croix with so many turtles and so many things to update you on! Let’s see, the main lesson is that when you are out looking for turtles, they will show up where you least expect them 🙂 For example the other night, when we were out with … More 15 May update; always surprising!
A really fun week here at Sandy Point with our leatherbacks and our team! We’ve seen two new turtles, as well as familiar faces from earlier in the season. This week, our local volunteers helped out tremendously with patrols, and kept us entertained with stories and questions! Thanks to Ellie and Kenny Schatz, Tracy Cole, … More 7 May update – new turtles!
Catching our breath has been hard this past 10 days! We said farewell to the Duke University Marine Lab Sea Turtle Class on Sunday, after 10 fun-filled and exhausting days doing turtle patrols, beach cleanups, night surveys, strenuous hikes, lectures, and discussions! The eight students added a lot to our team, bringing stories, good humor … More 29 April update – it’s hopping!
Turtle-filled night, last night! Our team was busy nearly from the moment they reached the beach, first seeing Joasia for her second nest of the year, and then finding YYX054 (needs a name!) a very short while later. Both turtles laid good nests, didn’t need any new tags, and were on their way by 11 … More 19 April update – Three turtle night!
The time is just flying by already! We have identified 11 individual turtles at Sandy Point since 31 March and we now have 30 nests on the island (since 6 March). Each night we head out at dusk to see who else we can find! The weather has been a bit warmer and the winds … More 12 April update…11 turtles identified!
There is nothing like seeing your first leatherback of the season! On our first night patrol! Not just one, but three turtles made an appearance for us as we walked on the beach in the full moonlight (which was also the last blue moon until 2020). Our first turtle was a bit of a mystery … More Oh what a night!
11 April 2018 – 6 PM – West end location to be determined based on capacity. Our annual volunteer meeting will be held on 11 April at 6 pm for those interested in volunteering with the Sandy Point Leatherback Project. Please RSVP to SandyPoint.Leatherbacks@gmail.com BY 9 April if you are interested in attending so we … More Volunteer Meeting 11 APRIL at 6 pm
It’s finally happened! Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge has its first leatherback nest of 2018! Early this morning, our volunteers Dante and Romina patrolled the refuge and found, not one, but TWO leatherback activities. Although we didn’t see the females who left the nests, we may be able to use genetics later on to identify … More Our first nest of 2018!
We had a wonderful response to our Valentine’s post about naming nesting turtles after loved ones – thank you so much! We are now ready to reveal the five newly named turtles! We are waiting patiently (well a bit anxiously) for our first nest at Sandy Point. Our new turtles (and sponsors) are: Amy-Lee – … More New turtle names for 2018!