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Painted Buntings

Published November 24th, 2012

Each year, Painted buntings visit the yard after travelling south from their summer habitat in North Carolina and Georgia.

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Leatherbacks at Juno Beach

Published October 5th, 2012

A few images of leatherback turtles from the summer of 2012

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The loggerheads are here!

Published July 15th, 2012

Here at Juno Beach, biologists are reporting a very good loggerhead sea turtle nesting season. At Juno alone, there are more than 5,000 nests with a good month and a half of nesting season left. It looks like it is going to be a great season!

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Kate - the leatherback sea turtle

Published April 6th, 2012

This is "Kate" a leatherback sea turtle that has a rather sad story. She was first observed in 2011 trying to nest on Jupiter beach in Florida USA. She is unable to use her rear flippers and is not be able to nest successfully without assistance. She has tried to nest several times and was even spotted during daylight for several hours on the beach without nesting. During the course of the 2011 nesting season, biologists and veterinarians were unable to help Kate nest and we all thought she would die after being beaten up by the surf one night in June.

I am happy to say that her story has a happy ending! Kate nested successfully last night with a little help from the biologists at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida. She even stuck around for some photos as the sun came up!

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Summer is here!

Published February 26th, 2012

Here in Florida, biologists are awaiting the first nesting turtles of the season. Each year tens of thousand of nests are laid by loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles. Along Juno beach, a team of scientists are monitoring the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle.

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Two headed sea turtles

Published January 22nd, 2012

I have had some interest in explaining a bit more about the two headed sea turtle hatchling I posted a little while ago. See it here:http://500px.com/photo/4110545 The image is of a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) hatchling that was found inside a nest on Juno Beach.

Each year, biologists mark several hundred loggerhead,green and leatherback sea turtle nests to understand how the nests fare on local beaches. During the course of the ~50 day incubation period, the nests are monitored daily for overwash, predation and human interaction. Three days after the nest hatches naturally, the biologists did up the contents and see how the nest hatched. Typically, most of the hatchlings (as many as 130) will make it out of the nest, but sometimes we find stragglers. These turtle would not make it out of the nest on their own. Once their condition is assessed, they released at night or early the next morning.

While it is pretty rare, sometimes we find turtles with abnormalities. ...

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Leatherback hatchlings

Published January 14th, 2012

Uploaded a few new images of leatherback sea turtle hatchlings. These turtles hatched along Juno Beach, Florida

http://500px.com/photo/4343098

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Endangered leatherbacks turtles

Published December 2nd, 2011

I have posted a number of photos of endangered leatherback sea turtles here on 500px.com. These turtle are laying an increasing number of nests along Florida's beaches. Check them out here: http://500px.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=johnson+leatherback

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Sea turtle images

Published October 19th, 2011

I have just uploaded a few images of endangered and threatened turtles. Check them out! All of the photos were captured on Jupiter and Juno beaches.

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Sea turtle rehabilitation

Published October 4th, 2011

I am lucky enough to work with endangered sea turtles everyday (mostly..) Sometimes we encounter very sad turtles, like this little guy. He was brought into the facility with a mass of fishing line entangled around his flipper and the injury required amputation. Take a look at my galleries for more images of these endangered sea turtles.

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Sea turtles!

Published September 27th, 2011

I am uploading some new sea turtle images this evening. Check them out here: http://500px.com/photo/2188699 Everyone likes turtles!

Most of these were captured in Florida, USA

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Leatherback hatchlings

Published September 14th, 2011

Just uploaded a few images of leatherback sea turtle hatchlings. These endangered sea turtles will grow as large as 2,000 pounds before returning the the beach to lay eggs in about twenty years. The image is here: http://500px.com/photo/2004809

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Images of sea turtle research

Published September 1st, 2011

I have uploaded a few photos of nesting sea turtles. These images were captured during the past few years as we have conducted our research at Juno Beach, Florida USA.

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