Sea Turtle Conservation

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Coastal Properties

Sea Turtle Conservation Buy In Destin

The casual lifestyle of residents in Destin, Florida and along the 30a corridor is stimulated by the wonderful beaches and of course the incredible marine life. Sea turtles are one of the most intriguing types of marine life that Destin and 30a corridor have to offer and the survival of these turtles is paramount to the balance of nature. The Kemp ridley sea turtles are amongst some of the most interesting and most endangered of these turtles. in the year 1947 a film maker filmed almost 40,000 females nesting along the beaches of Mexico and now it is believed that only 1000 females of nesting age are still alive today.

Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle National Geographic

This perplexing situation is known to be caused by over harvesting the turtles eggs by humans and other dangers including entrapment in fisherman's trawling nets, destruction of nesting area's and predators such as birds and mammals.CITES  (The Convention of International Trade for Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Wild Flora) is a treaty created in 1973 for the protection of endangered species making it against the law to harm any sea turtle or it's eggs. In addition, The National Marine Fisheries Service funded millions to create and distribute the TED a small device implanted in trawling nets by fisherman allowing sea turtles to escape so they would not drown in the nets. All eight sea turtle species are on the endangered and threatened wildlife list.

Turtles Drag Themselves Across The Beach To Lay Eggs.

It is believed that the Kemp ridley turtles travel two major routes in the Gulf of Mexico. One of those routes in the Gulf of Mexico takes the turtles to the South Eastern States of the United States. Some sea turtles are known to travel at least 1500 miles to nest. If you see a sea turtle on shore and it appears to be crying do not worry. The secretion comes from glands designed to expel excess sea salt from the turtle and helps to protect the turtles eyes from sand as the turtle prepares the nest.

Taken From Dr. Jean K. Lightner on The Amazing Sea Turtle

The sea turtle hatch-lings race to the water as quickly as possible  in search of safety from preditors. Most species hatch at night though some hatch during the day. They race for their survival in attempt to continue life given to them by ancestors over 200 million years ago. It is believed by scientist that all sea turtle species are descendants of one kind.

Underwater Sea Turtle

photo: defendersblog.org

Some sea turtles can measure up to 5 feet and can weigh up to 600 pounds with the ability to remain under water for up to two hours.The leatherback turtle can dive thousands of feet enabling him to reach treats such as jellyfish. The leatherback is the largest sea turtle species and has been charted diving as deep as almost 3300 feet. Sea turtles have been known to cross breed except for the leatherback and the flatback.

Underwater Sea Turtle Article Dr. Jean K. Lightner

Lana stansbury is an 18 year veteran of Real Estate in Destin, Florida and along the corridor 30a in the Florida Panhandle. She encourages and supports conservation along the beaches of the Florida Panhandle. If you have any questions about the area or if you are interested in property in Destin, Florida are along the 30a corridor call Lana at 850-496-2968 or email her at lana.stansbury@gmail.com.

more on sea turtle conservation

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Destin,Florida and the 30a corridor Sea Turtle Conservation is a great thing for the Florida Panhandle.

 

 

 

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James Lowenstern
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I dive and my favorite thing to see is a turtle...they are lovely animals.  great post.  Love the last photo!

May 05, 2011 04:52 PM #1
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Sharon Lord
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Lana - I didn't know turtles "cried" - interesting!

We visited the Sea Turtle Sanctuary on Isla Mujeres, Mexico in February - those baby sea turtles are sooooo cute!  They certainly have the odds stacked against them.  :( 

I read a blog earlier today on AR from an agent in FL, telling residents to turn off exterior lights as it confuses the nesting turtles/hatchlings.....it must be "Save a Sea Turtle" day today!

May 05, 2011 04:54 PM #2
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Gillian Sellman

I always love your blogs. Great info on marine life and baech safety. The fishing looks fun also.

May 06, 2011 03:52 PM #3
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Lana Stansbury
Prudential Coastal Properties - Destin, FL
GRI, CRS South Walton Realtor Specializing in Destin, Florida

Sharon,

Thanks for repsonding to my blog. This is all new to me both blogging and active rain. Haven't heard Isle Mujeres in a very long time. Would travel there all of the time during college.

Sea Turtle season started May 1st. The patrols have started every morning to find nest. Have not heard of any found as of this morning. Yes, The lights from our large beachfront properties are a problem. Unfortunately we have such a large vacation rental population this time of year it is impossible to educate and expect results during their short visits.

I have seen hatching turtle head to the gulf. You are right the odds are against them. Hope one day you will have an opportunity to visit our beautiful beaches and enjoy turtle and all we have to offer.

May 31, 2011 12:54 PM #4
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Lana Stansbury
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GRI, CRS South Walton Realtor Specializing in Destin, Florida

James glad you enjoyed the blog. Sea turtles are amazing creatures. Living here for so long has given me an opportunity to see first hand the nesting, hatching and crawl to the water. What a tedious and almost impossible accomplishment for both. Have you ever visited our beaches here in South Walton?

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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

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