World Turtle News, 11/02/2018
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium observer drop in nesting number
The number of sea turtle nests observed on local beaches by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium researchers dropped this year, from 4,503 in 2017 to 3,151. While a significant decrease, this year’s number remains the third highest recorded in the past 37 years. The highest number of sea turtle nests observed was in 2016, when Mote Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program volunteers observed 4,588 nests.
Of this year’s total, 3,142 were loggerhead turtles; the remaining nine were green sea turtles. The nesting season began on May 1 and ended Wednesday. Mote observed nesting activity on a 35-mile stretch of beach from Longboat Key to Venice.
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Photo from Mote Marine Laboratory / Conor Goulding.