A project of Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2016-06-22 04:27:00
Release Location: Keewaydin Island, Florida
Last Location: 2017-02-05 23:40:56
Tracy and Dustin Marcum
Terry L Story
Olivia (a.k.a. Kings Town Turtle) is back again this summer marking the seventh consecutive year we’ve seen her nesting on Keewaydin Island. In 2016, we documented three of her nests and a false crawl. Two of those nests hatched successfully while the other was completely predated by a raccoon. We outfitted her with a satellite tag when we encountered her during a false crawl on June 22. She laid the last nest we documented the following night. As we suspected, she returned to the same foraging area she used when we first satellite tagged her in 2013. Her home away from Keewaydin Island and its near shore waters are located about 4 miles southeast of the tip of Cape Romano. Cape Romano is located approximately 20 miles southeast of Keewaydin Island. Kings Town Turtle is pretty much of a home body.
Although Olivia is not a large turtle (82 cm SCL) by loggerhead standards, she is reproductively exceptional as she's nested annually now for so many years. Consider for a moment that the typical loggerhead nesting interval is 2-4 years, and it’s easy to see why we anticipate her yearly visits. As of 2016, she's laid a total of 26 known nests since we first met her in 2010. Collectively, those nests contained 2,100 eggs, which resulted in 1,179 hatchlings getting their chance to make a go of it.
We would like to thank long-time sea turtle supporter Lavern Gaynor for donating the funding for Olivia’s satellite tag. The scope of this project would not be possible without the generous contributions of supporters and members of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and a series of grants from the Marine Turtle Grants Program, which is ably administered by The Sea Turtle Conservancy. Our sincere thanks to you all!