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7960896864?profile=originalThis dead loggerhead ingested more than 100 pieces of plastic it mistook for food. Photo provided by Gumbo Limbo

By Margie Plunkett

The tiny sea turtle, the size of the palm of your hand, had died after being washed back to shore this nesting season.

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7960900472?profile=originalSea turtle eggs were uncovered by rough seas that followed Hurricane Dorian and other tropical systems this fall. Photo provided by Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

By Rich Pollack

Despite the impacts of Hurricane Dorian and more recent high tides and rough

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7960786065?profile=originalABOVE: An orange-barred sulphur butterfly drinks nectar from a firebush. BELOW: Strangler figs line the path of the Ashley Trail. Photos by Jerry Lower/The Coastal Star

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By Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley

It’s easy to find the Ashley Trail from the parking l

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7960734253?profile=originalCaitlin Bovery, sea turtle rehabilitation assistant coordinator, records a video of Gumbo Limbo senior aquarist Keith Herman

and manager Leanne Welch as they dump plastic bottles into the center’s near-shore reef aquarium.

The bottles, 70 pounds’ wor

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7960720277?profile=originalA least tern sits on eggs on the beach in Boca Raton.

7960720071?profile=originalFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission workers and Gumbo Limbo staff

make signs for a perimeter fence to deter beachgoers from walking on the nest.

7960719878?profile=originalThe dappled color of the eggs is a go

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7960715468?profile=originalTuana Yazici (right), a Saint Andrew’s Upper School student, made a presentation to more than 50 kindergartners at Saint Andrew’s. She spoke about protecting sea turtles from plastic waste and explained how sea turtles are at great risk of being harm

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7960718478?profile=originalFive-oh splashes in the surf at Red Reef Park before Caitlin Bovery (left in blue shirt) repositioned

the recovered sea turtle deeper in the water so it could swim away. Bovery said juvenile turtles are not used

to moving on sand. A boat propeller ma

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Along the Coast: Healing honey

Locally produced balm sweetens
sea turtles’ recovery at Gumbo Limbo

7960703687?profile=originalCaitlin Bovery, sea turtle rehabilitation assistant coordinator, rubs dark, raw honey on Blitzen,

an ill adult loggerhead turtle, at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

The honey speeds heal

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7960700867?profile=originalBen Hicks uses his photos to raise awareness of sea turtles.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

7960700884?profile=originalA photo by Hicks showing a green sea turtle coming to the surface to breathe.

By Rich Pollack

    Ben Hicks knows when sea turtles don’t mind him swimming besid

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7960694076?profile=originalUnder the branches of a trio of Gumbo Limbo trees, a family takes advantage of the recently reopened boardwalk.

The project cost $630,810, paid for by the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District. The boardwalk

closed in February 2015 when engineer

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By Margie Plunkett
    
    Boca Raton counted 1,041 turtle nests along its five miles of beach as nesting season nears its close, bouncing back from 949 last year. But researchers saw an unusually high number of unhatched eggs.
    “Our hatch success i

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By Steve Plunkett

    After nearly four years, it’s time to talk about the future of Ocean Strand again.
    “Sometime this fiscal year we need to have that discussion,” Commissioner Robert Rollins told fellow commissioners at the Greater Boca Raton Be

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    Boardwalk repairs at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center will take longer than expected, though no one knows yet how much longer.
    A team from consultant Miller Legg, which is handling the $1.75 million project, did a quick review of the site in mid-

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By Steve Plunkett

    The pipes that bring saltwater from the ocean to Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s fish viewing tanks need $2 million of repairs — and fast.
    “Those poor fish — you just want to breathe for them. You want to give CPR because they’re

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7960590855?profile=originalWhen sea turtles hatch in the dark, they make their way to the ocean

like these three little loggerheads.

File Photo

7960590686?profile=originalA cooler with instructions for leaving hatchlings

sits near the front door of the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

Tim Stepien/The Coastal

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