Sea Turtle Sighting Hotline for Southern New England Boaters
1-888-SEA-TURT (1-888-732-8878) • Report Online

Sea Turtle Sighting Hotline • 888-732-8878

WANTED
Sea Turtle Sightings
When you see a turtle, please note:
  • Date
  • Location (be as specific as possible)
  • Time of Day
  • Approximate size
  • Any other details observed
Report sightings at:
1-888-Sea-Turt (1-888-732-8878)
Report Online
Please report:
  • Date
  • Location
  • Time of Day
  • Approximate size
  • Any other details observed
1-888-732-8878
If you see an entangled or injured sea turtle call 800-900-3622 (Center for Coastal Studies). Time is critical. If possible, stand by to help responders locate turtle. Entangled or injured turtle? Call
800-900-3622
(Center for Coastal Studies) ASAP. If possible, stand by to help locate turtle.

The Sea Turtle Sighting Hotline for Southern New England Boaters is part of the ongoing sea turtle program at MassAudubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The two primary goals of the hotline are: (1) to document where and when sea turtles are seen in southern New England waters, and (2) to alert boaters that sea turtles are present in the summer and fall so that boaters will both report sightings and make efforts to avoid striking the turtles. These sea turtles are endangered and threatened, so please watch for them and report sightings. Read More >

Seasonal Update

Loggerhead photo by Amy Warren, Newburyport Whale Watch

Sea turtle sightings got off to a rather slow start, but now are coming in steadily. So far, it seems to be the “year of the loggerhead”, as sighting reports of these hard-shelled sea turtles are higher than usual. Unfortunately, strandings are also steady, with sea turtle carcasses exhibiting wounds from either boat propellers or gear entanglement. Sea surface temperatures are high throughout... Read More >

~ Loggerhead photo by Amy Warren, Newburyport Whale Watch


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