• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.


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All About Sea Turtles and Conservation Efforts in Biscayne National Park

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A Biscayne National Park employee assists with a sea turtle release.


Welcome to Biscayne National Park's Sea Turtle Main Page. The park offers many opportunities to observe sea turtles in their natural habitat, and we hope that when you visit the park you are lucky enough to spot a turtle surfacing in the water or hanging out on a reef. To learn more about the different aspects of sea turtles in Biscayne National Park and what park staff and volunteers are doing to protect sea turtles, please click on any of the links below:

Sea Turtle Basic Background Information

Species Focus: Loggerhead Turtles

Biscayne National Park's Sea Turtle Conservation Program

How can I help protect sea turtles?

Summary of 2012 sea turtle nesting season and habitat restoration activity

A sea turtle enjoys a cruise through the ocean

Did You Know?

sea squirts on a mangrove root

Tunicates, or sea squirts, live on the roots of the red mangrove tree. These simple animals survive by filtering plankton out of seawater, and hold promise as the source of potent drugs used to fight tumors. Watch for them when snorkeling along Biscayne National Park's mangrove-fringed shoreline.