More sea turtles nest on Florida’s sandy beaches than on any other U.S. coastline. Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hope the 2014 nesting season that started March 1 will be as successful as others in recent years. Typically, sea turtle nesting season runs from March through the end of October. Three species of sea turtles nest in abundance on Florida beaches: leatherbacks, loggerheads and greens. Loggerheads are the most abundant, and approximately 90 percent of all nests for this species in the southeastern United States occur in Florida.
In Florida, sea turtle landings on the beach are documented by volunteers, who assist the FWC’s researchers. About 2,500 FWC-permitted volunteers regularly patrol more than 800 miles of sandy shoreline to identify, mark and protect sea turtle nests. Learn more about sea turtles at MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle.