It’s nesting season on Florida beaches and we’ve already had at least one incident of damage done to a nest. Mote Marine Laboratory thinks poachers were trying to get to the eggs on Nokomis Beach and ran off before volunteers could get to them. If you see anyone doing damage to a nest please call the FWC’s wildlife alert hotline (888-404-FWCC (3922)) or your local sheriff’s department.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is always on guard against such incidents and has rescued and rehabilitated countless turtles and other sea life. I was fortunate enough to watch a release up on Clearwater Beach. Xeno took that quick stroll across the sands to a lot of cheering, applause and a few tears. She even looked back at us all once as if she were saying goodbye and thank you. It’s a good time to show that to you once again in my Ann-Venture. If you’d like to volunteer please contact the Aquarium and be an important part of keeping our beautiful beaches and those who live in our waters safe.