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Recipients Collette Combs, Gordon Davis, Daniel Heekin, Thomas Heekin, Austin Hendrick, Makayla Hendrick, Isabella Kakaty, Piper Noyes, Celine Schauer and Grant Tirrell being congratulated for receiving the Marco Island Woman’s Club Award by presenter Anne Marchetti Marco Island Woman’s Club and MIWC president Sharyn Kampmeyer.
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Addison O, Staff Writer • May 29, 2024

The popular Disney film, “Moana” which came out on November 23rd, 2016, will always be one of my personal favorites. This film is set in...

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Protecting Turtles During Nesting Season

With nesting season returning this month, it’s important to keep our turtles safe. Photo credit to Giorgia Doglioni via Unsplash under Unsplash License.

It’s the beginning of May, and with May comes these beautiful creatures from the sea. It’s the beginning of nesting season for loggerhead turtles along the west coast of Florida. 

The Loggerhead Sea turtle is classified as an endangered species, protected under federal law. The Loggerhead is Florida’s most prominent sea turtle species, with reddish-brown shells and large heads. Adult turtles typically weigh between 200 to 400 pounds and reach three and a half feet in length. The loggerheads can be found in subtropical and temperate oceans. With Florida’s sandy Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico beaches, our location hosts one of the largest loggerhead nesting aggregations in the world. (link four) 

Every 2 to 3 years, loggerhead sea turtles will have their nesting season from May to September. Their nesting season correlates with the mating season, which occurs shortly after from late March to early June. They lay about four to seven nests, with each laid approximately every 14 days. Turtle nests contain 100 to 126 eggs that incubate in about 60 days.

The first nest of this season has been found in Venice Beach, Florida. But it isn’t only eggs that these sea turtles bring with them. Tourism comes for these magnificent creatures, many populating the coastline of Naples beaches. But with the increase of people coming for vacation, it creates more problems for these turtles. 

However, there are some ways that people can help these turtles.

Do’s : 

  • Remain quiet and remain at a distance if you encounter a nest 
  • Shield or turn off lights on beaches at night to help the hatchlings
  • Fill in holes that may trap or get in the way for the hatchlings
  • Remove beach furniture that may have been left on the beach



  • Stay away from the nest
  • Do not put any foreign objects in the nests, it may infect the egg with bacteria 
  • If you see a turtle laying her eggs, stay away from them. Sea turtles, especially loggerheads, have extremely strong jaws. 
  • Don’t uses bright lights like flashlights or fishing lamps at night 
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Michael Martinez-Melara
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Michael Martinez Melara is a junior at Marco Island Academy and is a Staff Writer for The Wave. He has spent way too much money on overpriced vinyls and is an expert at taking the worst pictures of you. He tends to spend most of his time working for his family business and listening to music 24/7. In college, he plans on pursuing a career in aerospace engineering. 
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