Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Science

Rare Sea Turtle Spotted Nesting in Volusia County

© Volusia County

The rarest species of sea turtle in the world was spotted nesting in Volusia County this week, to the excitement of the local scientific community. A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was photographed in Ponce Inlet making its nest, part of a record-breaking year for sea turtle nesting on Volusia beaches.

The turtle was photographed at the site of its nest, and making its way back into the Atlantic Ocean after it finished. When the hatchlings emerge from their shells, they’ll play a part in the efforts to return their kind, the smallest sea turtle on Earth, from the brink of extinction.

ADVERTISEMENT

According to a social media post by the Volusia County government, this individual turtle has been tracked since its first tagging in 2005, and has visited Volusia to nest on eight separate occasions. It’s reportedly the 26th time a Kemp’s ridley turtle nest has been recorded in Volusia County in the last 28 years. The same turtle apparently also made another nest in Ponce Inlet in recent weeks.

© Volusia County

The leading data on Kemp’s ridley sea turtle populations estimates that 7,000 to 9,000 of them remain alive today, up from some 200 in the 1980’s. They’re classified as a critically endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Threats to their species include oil spills, habitat loss, and accident catching in commercial fishing operations.

Once born, Kemp’s ridley sea turtles will take 10 to 15 years to reach sexual maturity, at which point they’ll have the chance to lay one or multiple nests of eggs in each breeding season. They’re found most commonly along the Atlantic coast of North America, especially in the Gulf of Mexico in both the U.S. and Mexico. Individuals have also been found on the Atlantic coast of Europe, in countries like Spain, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.

The sighting of Volusia County’s turtle was not far from the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, an organization which plays an active role in the conservation of sea turtles in local waters. Just this month the Center released four rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtles according to a video on their Facebook page.

Written By

Chris Gollon is a Flagler County resident since 2004, as well as a staple of the local independent music scene and avid observer of Central Florida politics, arts, and recreation.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

ADVERTISEMENT
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

Community

A loggerhead sea turtle will returned to the wild after a period of medical rehabilitation at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, according...

Science

The 2024 edition of the Python Challenge has been announced by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, with help from Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette...

Science

At a press conference in Naples on Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a piece of legislation to increase research toward Florida’s red tide crisis....

Community

Two students at Palm Coast’s Buddy Taylor Middle School have earned entries into an underwater robotics competition taking place across the country next month....

Science

An Atlantic puffin was found on the beach in Ponce Inlet this past weekend, hundreds of miles from the species’ native habitat. The bird,...