In response to a question posed on "turtle friendly" beach lighting on the Sea Turtle listserver this response outlines how you can check your beach and see if it meets the recommendations of sea turtle scientists.
For approved sea turtle lighting in Florida please visit: http://myfwc.com/media/418417/SeaTurtle_LightingGuidelines.pdf
Photo Helene Hess 2012
Check out this fantastic picture taken by Helene Hess on M&M Canyon at Ambergris Caye! Looks like lionfish have yet another predator in Belize to watch out for!
NOAA Coral Bleach Watch Coral Bleaching Thermal Stress Outlook for Belize Indicate NO Stress!
This is great news for Belize reefs. Thankfully the waters cooled off quickly last year and the corals returned to normal healthy browns and greens!
If you are visiting the reefs in Belize please contact us so we can send you a Belize Coral Watch Program so you can complete surveys while you are snorkeling or diving and help identify resilient reefs!
So far this year, we have reports of 93 turtles throughout the country! 54 of these have been hawskbill, 19 green, 18 loggerhead, 1 leatherback, and 1 unknown! 5 of the reports have been of stranded turtles. Remember, if you have observed a turtle while in Belize be sure to tell us by filling out our In-Water Turtle Observation form under the tab 'Submit Report' or email us!
Be sure to check out our new web page with all the data from our very first In-Water Turtle Surveys in 2011!
There is a lot of really neat information about the turtles that we see here in Belize!
Check back for updates on our activities and reports shared by volunteers in the field!