Research

Blue Turtle Society is involved in – and invites participation in – several research projects, including:

Coyote Activity on Shell Key
Beach Habitat Status

In 2013, members of the as-yet-unfounded Blue Turtle Society pioneered the deployment of folding cages on Shell Key to deter sea turtle nest predation by coyotes and other mammals. The large mesh allowed hatchlings to escape the cage during hatching, but prevented predators from reaching the eggs during development. With proper application of the cages over the nests, depredation numbers plummeted. Thanks to Kathy at Mote Marine Laboratory for the design!

 

Coyote tracks are recorded and measured during research to determine usage of the Shell Key Preserve by mammalian predators.

 

One Habitat for All