Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson



Full time sea turtle biologist and part time photographer.

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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