One of the things that I admire about Boca is that, despite its many faults, it does have some semblance of a commitment to environmental practices. For instance, it isn't supposed to groom the beach above high tide during turtle nesting season. So the beach gets a little ugly, but it keeps those gigantic machines off the turtle nests. Well, apparently no one told the operator of the giant beach groomer that we saw a few weeks back, chugging south along the beach well above the tide line. You can see how neat the beach above high tide looks in the picture below: loggerhead, followed by green, then leatherback. If you had the hi-res photos, you could zoom in and see a CC on most of the signs. I assume that's shorthand for Caretta caretta, the loggerhead turtle. The numbers would be the number of eggs in the nest, and the date, well, I would hope that's self-explanatory: the date the nest was laid. So most of the nests I've seen have been loggerhead nests until I hear different from the people who conduct the research on the turtles of Boca. The studies are conducted by the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University. The best books on sea turtles are still Archie Carr's, particularly The Windward Road. The recent title by James Spotila updates Carr, but can't match his prose. For an epic look at the leatherback, there's the recent account by Carl Safina, Voyage of the Turtle.
Well, I've been posting regularly here for nearly a week now, and rather than break the streak, I thought I'd at least cross-post an article from last month in Science Daily about Leatherback turtles. I'm still stuck on that book review. Maybe tomorrow... For more on the turtle race, visit National Geo's website about the race. Of course, the race is no longer live; it finished earlier this month. Read more
Well, Tropical Storm Fay has left south Florida, although apparently it's STILL not done with the state, stalled out somewhere near Jacksonville. Our home rain gauge showed 4.5 inches on Monday, and a little over 3 inches on Tuesday, but only .16 yesterday, and none at all (as far as I know) today. But what we did get out the bargain was an up close look at some beasties. Read more