2016 is the year of records and rarities

We kicked off the season with the unusual┬ácapture of a leatherback in the Indian River Lagoon, followed by a rare capture of a juvenile Kemp’s ridley. On the nesting beach, we broke the previous leatherback record for most nests on the Brevard Carr Refuge. But the turtles didn’t stop there! We documented a rare adult┬áKemp’s ridley nesting during the day, and a likely hawksbill-loggerhead hybrid! Oh, and the loggerheads are nesting like crazy–we are on track for a great season!!

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Rare daytime Kemp’s ridley nester on the Archie Carr NWR. Photo: K. Mills.