With June 1 marking the fourth month of Sea Turtle nesting season, we are beginning to see more females come to shore at night to nest and lay their eggs. 90% of nesting females lay their eggs on Florida's beaches so it is vital that we keep our beaches clean, especially during these eight months. The three most common sea turtles found on Florida's beaches are:
During the first half of Sea Turtle Season, you will find females from these species spanned across Florida's shorelines, with South Florida being one of the most common places to spot a nest.
In the next coming weeks, some of the nests laid earlier in the season will begin to hatch. Each turtle nest varies with how long the eggs take to hatch based on their species. Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles eggs take about 45-55 days to hatch whereas Leatherback eggs take a lot longer to hatch. Their eggs take anywhere between 70-80 days, sometimes even longer.
This means that very soon, there will be hatchlings that need our helping making their way to the ocean! If you see a nesting female or nest that is hatching, please do not disturb the turtles or touch them - it is illegal to touch them since they are endangered! With your support, we can help hundreds of turtle this season!