Sea Turtle Nesting Season 2019

Ali Kane
Posted by Ali Kane
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The Sea Turtle Nesting Season officially began last week, and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach is hoping for another record-breaking season. The season is March 1st through October 31st and the 9.5 miles of the beaches along Juno Beach are monitored daily. Juno Beach and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center support nearly 5 percent of the world’s loggerhead sea turtles.

Along the sandy shoreline in northern Palm Beach County, thousands of sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand. The sea turtle nests usually contain about 100 eggs each that requires 45 and 60 days to hatch. Because of this, Juno Beach is one of the most populated sea turtle nesting areas in the world. Last year, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center documented over 11,900 nests on the 9.5-mile stretch, that’s about one every four feet.

The main reason why Juno Beach is so densely populated is due to the gulf stream current that bends toward Florida, and its close proximity to the Sargasso Sea, a region of the Atlantic Ocean. Loggerheads, Greens, and Leatherbacks are the three species of sea turtles that all use Juno Beach as a nesting place.

For the turtles, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center focuses on helping injured and endangered sea turtles through their research and rehabilitation offered at the facility. The center monitors the stretch of beaches several times a week and provides care to the sick and injured sea turtles before being released into the ocean.

During the nesting season its critical to protect the beaches for the sea turtles. The sea turtles tell us the health of the ocean and the ocean tells the health of the planet. Clean and dark beaches during nesting season helps to protect the female sea turtles and increase the odds of survival of the sea turtle hatchings.

Here are some Do’s and Don’t when you come across a sea turtle nesting spot.

Do’s:
Throw away all and any debris left behind on the beach
Fill in holes and knock down sand castles or any objects that could be in the sea turtles’ path to and from the ocean
Observe sea turtle nestings from a distance

Don’ts:
Interact or disrupt sea turtle nestings – its illegal
Bring or use balloons on the beach
Harm or harass sea turtles, their nests or hatchlings- its illegal and they are protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Florida Statute Chapter 370.

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