1,200 Pound Leatherback Turtle at Juno Beach

1,200 Pound Leatherback Turtle at Juno Beach

Lorea Thomson
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At nearly 1,200 pounds, Georgie is now the largest sea turtle ever found on Juno Beach. The Loggerhead Marine Life Center, located at 14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, found her. Loggerhead Marinelife Center is undergoing improvements and a Capital Expansion currently. During this construction phase, they continue to work on rescuing and rehabilitating sea turtles will continue, and the animals in our hospital will continue to receive the highest quality care available. Currently, we do not have any sea turtle patients in our hospital.

Georgie is a leatherback sea turtle, a species that typically weighs between 750 and 1,000 pounds and is the largest turtle species in the world. She was first tagged in 2020 when she nested on Juno Beach and since her return, she has already laid multiple nests.

The leatherback turtle is one of the most threatened in our oceans and the turtles can live up to about 50 years. The leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle in the world. They are the only species of sea turtle that lack scales and a hard shell. They are named for their tough rubbery skin and have existed in their current form since the age of the dinosaurs. Leatherbacks are highly migratory, swimming over 10,000 miles a year between nesting and foraging grounds.

2022 Sea Turtle Nesting Totals

Juno Beach, Jupiter-Carlin & Tequesta Beaches

Total Nests: 6,165

Leatherbacks: 263 Nests

Loggerheads: 5,660 Nests

Green Turtles: 242 Nests

For more information on Loggerhead Marinelife Center please call 561-627-8280 or info@marinelife.org

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