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Hermes Heads West!

Hermes Heads West -Yonat Swimmer, NOAA PIFSC In 2008, a collaborative, multiyear project was started in the southwest Mediterranean Sea to investigate methods to reduce incidental capture of sea turtles with longline fishing gear and to better understand the impact of these interactions on the physiology and movements of turtles incidentally captured. Part of the study was to compare blood biochemistries and movements of turtles that had been caught and released from fishing gear, while a control group would be from turtles that were free-swimming prior to capture. This collaboration has been...

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National Save the Sea Turtle Grant Award!

In April, Inwater Research Group (IRG) was awarded a $31,350 grant from the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.  The grant has staffed a part-time educator to create interactive and exciting curricula for local schools at no cost.  The grant will also allow an IRG presence at school functions such as Science Nights, Career Days and Science Fairs.  In addition, IRG will be offering other services such as science project ideas and data as well as after school programs to students at no cost. Teachers and students can access this information once it becomes available at inwater.org. ...

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Summer/Fall 2013 Wrap-up!!

IRG knew this year was going to be busy but we didn’t realize it was going to be crazy! A lot has happened in the past few months and the IRG team apologizes for not passing it along in the blog or on Facebook as much as we would have liked. The good news is that we’ve been up to our necks in turtles and have some good things to report!   First, sea turtle nesting on South Hutchinson Island has enjoyed another great year. Our 19 km of nesting beach had only 66 leatherback nests this year. While this was a relatively low number, leatherbacks have had record breaking nesting across the...

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Thanks to The Warnell School at the University of Georgia!

For the past decade, IRG has collected DNA samples from turtles during many of our research trips to determine the genetic origin of individual turtles that are captured.  This year a great deal of financial support was provided by the Warnell School at the University of Georgia to sequence haplotypes for these DNA samples. We would just like to take a minute and express our deepest gratitude to the Warnell School, the University of Georgia, and our ongoing research...

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Hungry Screech Owl Chicks!

Well, after some natural and technical difficulties the screech owl cam in Jensen Beach is finally back up and running. After the first chick hatched, honey bees forced the female out of the box for a whole day and the chick died of exposure.  To get rid of the bees we sprayed the box with soapy water and the female returned to incubate the three remaining eggs.  Shortly after that the SD card in the camera crashed so we had no way of saving video clips of the owls. We had to go into the box and replace the SD card. While we were doing this the female watched us carefully from a branch...

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