On Dec. 12, join us to learn about research underway by SCCF’s Sea Turtle Program Coordinator Kelly Sloan and our special guest from the Loggerhead Marinelife Center -- Dr. Justin Perrault. The two are collaborating on research related to the 2017-2019 catastrophic red tide event that resulted in the largest number of sea turtle deaths ever attributed to a single red tide event.
Doors will open at 6pm for light refreshments, followed by the featured presentation from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Titled "After the Tide - Characterizing the Sublethal Effects of a Catastrophic Red Tide on Nesting Sea Turtles," their study is investigating the effects of the bloom on the health and reproductive success of nesting sea turtles. They are also looking at how the toxin is transferred from the mother to her hatchlings. In addition to learning more about the insidious -- or sublethal -- effects of red tide blooms on sea turtles, the data will be used to raise awareness and inform policies that promote heightened water quality standards and healthier oceans.