Florida sea turtles set record

Sea turtle nesting season is just halfway through

Record numbers of sea turtles have appeared on Florida beaches this year, and the nesting season is only halfway over. At Juno beach, researchers counted nearly 22,000 turtle nests—more than they’ve ever seen there before. Last year, the Palm Beach County beach had 18,132 nests. Disney World counted over 2,000 nests at its Vero Beach resort—well above an average 1,500 nests each year.

“Ocean conservation efforts that have been practiced for decades are finally coming to fruition, and we need to make sure that we continue to protect these animals and their ecosystems,” Dr. Justin Perrault, vice president of research at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, said.

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Header Image: A loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) appears on the sand on a Florida beach. Record numbers of sea turtles are nesting in the state this year. Credit: Loggerhead Marinelife Center