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The first sea turtle nests were found in Florida on Redington Beach Monday and at Fort De Soto on Tuesday, marking the beginning of this year’s nesting season reported the Tampa Bay Times on May 14.

Five women also discovered the first loggerhead sea turtle nest in Catham County, Georgia yesterday.

Mike Anderson, supervisor of the Marine Turtle Program at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium said the nests will be ready to hatch in about fifty days.

Nesting sea turtles once had no trouble finding a dark place to nest, but beaches are now lined with condominiums, businesses and hotels.

Lights that shine onto a nesting beach can draw turtle hatchlings away from the ocean where they have little chance of  survival. Beach lights can also discourage females from coming ashore to nest.

Posted in Animals, Winter

Sea turtle nesting season began on May 1st and continues to October 31st. During this time many beachfront properties participate in a program called “Lights Out.” This program is designed to reduce the amount of artificial lighting near the beaches that can disorientate hatchlings and prevent them from reaching the ocean.

Please join us in spreading the word and Helping Us Reach Our Goal of Protecting 200+ Nest this Season by Adopting a Nest Today!


Winter has inspired thousands due to her unique situation. Despite losing a portion of her tail and having the odds against her, she persevered. In September 2011, the blockbuster film, Dolphin Tale, was released highlighting her inspiring story. Since the films release, thousands have flocked to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to visit her and our other resident animals.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers a variety of different animal interaction programs that are available to guests. The newest program being offered is a once in a lifetime experience. The program is called “Assist Winter’s Trainer.” The participants receive VIP care and treatment by sitting poolside with Winter’s Trainer. During the program participants will assist in several of Winter’s behaviors. Some of these behaviors may include match to sample (matching pool toys to

toys held in hand), painting, window play, tail setup, and much more! While interacting with the trainers, participants will learn about Winter’s physical therapy and training. Each program is unique and never the same!

On April 25, we held our first Assist Winter’s Trainer Program! It was a huge success and hit with our participant. Both Winter and the participant seemed to have a lot of fun and enjoy one another!