Record-breaking number of sea turtle nests in north county

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s research biologists have recorded a record-breaking sea turtle nest count this year.

As of Aug. 6, a total of 19,580 nests were counted, surpassing the last record-breaking nesting season in 2017 of 19,085 nests. Sea turtle nesting season in Palm Beach County ends Oct. 31, so the final tally will be much higher.

The center’s research staff monitor a nine-and-one-half-mile stretch of beach in northern Palm Beach County. It’s one of the most densely nested sea turtle nesting beaches in the world. 

“This news is quite exciting, especially since season is nowhere near over, and we are still expecting a few thousand more nests this season,” said Dr. Justin Perrault, director of research for the center.

For more information about sea turtle nesting, go online to marinelife.org/nesting.

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