Leatherback sea turtle hatching

Leatherback sea turtle hatching

Mostly Good News for Florida Turtles

The state of Florida announced that record numbers of our endangered Green Sea Turtles are laying eggs on Florida beaches this year. Reports indicate that Broward County is also on this upward trend with strong numbers of green sea turtle nests. While leatherback turtle counts are down for the year, they have also mounted a tremendous comeback over the past 25 years. Loggerhead turtles, our most prevalent species in Florida also showed a downward trend this year and the species has not shown the strong recovery of the Green and Leatherbacks. Overall, the news is good, but more can always be done.

“We are astounded and pleased by the high number of green turtle nests documented in 2013,” said Dr. Blair Witherington, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) research scientist. “It looks like the years of conservation efforts for this endangered species are paying off.”

What can you do to help?

Support a ban on single use plastic bags. Watch this video to see why…

 

More resources:

Adopt a sea turtle and learn more about local conservation efforts at the National Save the Turtle Foundation in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
http://www.savetheseaturtle.org

Learn more about sea turtles at Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_turtle

Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management:
http://www.broward.org/NATURALRESOURCES/BEACHANDMARINE/Pages/seaturtles.aspx

 

 

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