Sea Turtle

Sweet Pea celebrates first anniversary with NBSTCC

Sweet Pea celebrates first anniversary with NBSTCC

In 2018, the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) made an impact on roughly 50,000 people from around the world, and a big part of that outreach has been done by one disabled juvenile green sea turtle named Sweet Pea. Cathy Holmes said that’s a pretty great accomplishment for her first year of work. […]

National turtle researchers come to Navarre Beach reef

National turtle researchers come to Navarre Beach reef

Lei Lei is much like any other loggerhead sea turtle. She cruises the waters of the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Navarre Beach, munching on shellfish. But there is something unusual about Lei Lei. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

POLICE CHIEF FIRED OVER FATAL CITIZENS ACADEMY EXERCISE Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik announced Tom Lewis’ termination on the city’s website Wednesday after an internal investigation. Authorities say former Officer Lee Coel mistakenly shot and killed 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a role-playing scenario last August. Lewis, as Coel’s boss, had been charged with misdemeanor […]

First recorded leatherback nest on Navarre Beach

First recorded leatherback nest on Navarre Beach

Turtle Patrollers were in for a big surprise early Saturday morning. The first sea turtle of Navarre’s nesting season has laid her eggs this Mother’s Day weekend, and this new momma made another first. She is the first leatherback sea turtle in recorded history to nest on Navarre Beach. Director of the Navarre Beach Sea […]

Eagle Scout builds exam table to assist turtle center

Eagle Scout builds exam table to assist turtle center

Throughout the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), there is project after project made possible by a volunteer. From the paintings on the walls to the educational displays, much of what is in the center was donated, and many of those projects were completed by local scouts as their Eagle Scout project. Read the […]

Retrofit grant brings turtle-friendly lighting to beachfront properties

Retrofit grant brings turtle-friendly lighting to beachfront properties

The Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday to extend the Sea Turtle Lighting Retrofit project by six months to July 17 to allow for more of Navarre Beach’s condominiums and public lighting to be switched to turtle friendly versions. Read the full article in the Dec. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe […]

County weighs company for reef expansion project

County weighs company for reef expansion project

Expansion of Navarre Beach’s two artificial reefs could be a step closer if the Board of County Commissioners votes Thursday to select Taylor Engineering to guide the project toward completion. Paid for in part by a Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant, the reef expansion would add 60 modules to the existing snorkel […]

Gigi the loggerhead granted lease extension

Gigi the loggerhead granted lease extension

District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson and Gigi the blind loggerhead sea turtle finally met, and he saw things her way. After his first visit to the Navarre Beach Turtle Conservation Center since its August opening – and a review of the nonprofit’s barebones finances – Williamson agreed this week that Gigi’s aquarium and accompanying environmental […]

Sea Turtle Extravaganza brings learning and fun

Sea Turtle Extravaganza brings learning and fun

Visitors young and old played and learned Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s Sea Turtle Extravaganza. The event featured games like digging for baby sea turtles and educational displays like lessons on how litter affects turtles in the ocean. Many locals and visitors to Navarre took the opportunity to meet […]

Turtle turmoil resurfaces at County Commission

Turtle turmoil resurfaces at County Commission

Gigi the loggerhead sea turtle and District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson have never seen each other. That’s because she’s blind and Williamson has never visited the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, where Gigi lives under the care of volunteers he occasionally feuds with over finances. The latest round erupted at Monday’s board meeting when […]

Calypso welcomes Navarre guests

Calypso welcomes Navarre guests

A brightly painted sea turtle statue commissioned by the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Office arrived Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Navarre Visitor Information Center. The turtle statue stands roughly five feet tall and will be permanently placed in the lobby of the Navarre Visitor Information Center as part of Santa Rosa County’s Turtle Trail, […]

Gigi says hello to visitors

Gigi says hello to visitors

After more than 100 people turned out for the ribbon cutting ceremony, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) Director Cathy Holmes said the visitors just keep on coming averaging about 70 to 80 people a day. Another 941 folks visited the center throughout its first week. Holmes said visitors of all ages came from […]

Sea Turtle Baby Shower

The Sea Turtle Baby Shower  from 2 to 5 p.m. at Pensacola Beach’s Landshark Landing.  It’s a celebration of Pensacola Beach’s sea turtles.  Learn about sea turtles, make your own sea turtle ornament, contests, games, performances, educational kiosks, give-aways, art vendors and a prize basket drawing.

Turtle center hatches

Turtle center hatches

The wooden beachfront shack sat vacant, collecting sand and salty grime from years of lacking care. Mold had begun to grow on the walls, floors and ceiling of the county-owned building. Once a state park information center, it shut its doors in 2008, left to sit and rot. Until some turtle ladies, a handful of […]

Sea turtle rescued by trawler returns to Gulf

Sea turtle rescued by trawler returns to Gulf

Dozens of beach visitors gathered around to watch Harriet the rehabilitated sea turtle’s return to the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, July 14 on Opal Beach. Harriet, as the loggerhead sea turtle has been nicknamed, is the sea turtle equivalent of a teenager, still too young to begin breeding. Although the gender of the turtle is […]

Sea turtle welcomed to conservation center

Sea turtle welcomed to conservation center

She has finally arrived. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s (NBSTCC) newest resident, an adult female loggerhead sea turtle, moved into her new 15,000 gallon tank Wednesday, July 20. Rescued by Sea World Orlando, the turtle’s shell measured 2 feet 7.5 inches long and she weighs almost 200 pounds. It is unclear how old […]

Sea turtle killed by propeller

Sea turtle killed by propeller

A deceased loggerhead sea turtle weighing more than 150 pounds was found floating in the Gulf east of the pier on Saturday afternoon.  Cinnamon Holderman with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol was called out to assess the turtle.  The turtle had very pronounced propeller cuts into the shell.  Cathy Holmes, also with the Navarre […]

Meet Myrtle the Turtle

Meet Myrtle the Turtle

Santa Rosa County has a new ambassador that will call the Florida Welcome Center on I-10 home.  Her name is Myrtle the Turtle and she has her own hashtag (#myrtletheturtle). In a Tourist Development Council meeting April 5, Julie Morgan, tourist development director said that the possibilities that the turtle idea creates are endless.  The […]

Turtle Center open for educational class

Turtle Center open for educational class

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a resident sea turtle or two at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, but that doesn’t stop volunteers from teaching without a turtle in the pool. The center has been providing educational classes called “Turtle Trek’s” during the month of March for a $5 donation. Read the […]