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The loggerhead turtle is the most common sea turtle found in Florida. Females return to their nesting beach every two or more years.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

By Robin Sussingham, Stephanie Colombini, Steve Newborn and Cathy Carter.

They’ve had to battle shark attacks, pollution, massive beach developments and confusing light sources, but sea turtles are bouncing back.

With nesting season well underway, Florida Matters is talking with experts about how sea turtles are faring and efforts to protect them in our state.


Rare Sea Turtles Smash Nesting Records In Southeast US

Jul 13, 2019
Hatching loggerhead sea turtle
Longboat Key Turtle Watch

By Ross Bynum - Associated Press

Rare sea turtles are smashing nesting records this summer on beaches in the Southeast, including Florida, with scientists crediting the egg-laying boom to conservation measures that began more than 30 years ago.

Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

The Florida Aquarium cut the ribbon Wednesday on a sea turtle rehabilitation center in Apollo Beach. It will  expand efforts to save endangered turtles - and increase public awareness of them.

Researchers are reporting a spiking number of sea turtle deaths in Florida waters plagued by a red tide algae bloom.

Wildlife officials want to know who ran over eight sea turtle nests on a South Siesta Key beach.

Nearly 4,000 jellyfish stings have been reported at Volusia County beaches in the last two weeks.

Alberto May Have Affected Some Turtle Nests

May 31, 2018

As sea-turtle nesting season reaches its peak, the number of reptiles laying eggs on Florida beaches continues to trend upward.

But officials say Subtropical Storm Alberto washed away some nests and flooded others across the state this week, which makes it unlikely any of those eggs will survive.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Robbin Trindell said natural occurrences like Alberto make it even more important for residents and guests to help protect turtles.

Environmental officials are investigating a freshwater turtle die-off in Florida.

As Florida experiences unusually cold temperatures and even snow in some parts, wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on vulnerable manatees and sea turtles.

There's a new effort to determine why green sea turtles in the Indian River Lagoon are covered with tumors. Nearly half of the green sea turtles in the Indian River Lagoon suffer from the tumors.

Kate Mansfield of the University of Central Florida says the number and range of cases are expanding. But what’s causing them is a mystery. Mansfield says all of the turtles with the tumors have a certain virus, but not every turtle with that virus has tumors. So other contributors are suspected.

As residents and visitors flock to Florida beaches over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend, wildlife officials and advocates are urging beachgoers to be mindful of nesting shorebird colonies and sea turtles.

Devin Rodriguez/WUSF / WUSF News

As the sun rises over St. Pete Beach, Tracy Andrews walks across the sand searching for turtle crawls.

Florida wildlife officials are continuing to monitor the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin and its impact on sea turtle nests across the state. The storm destroyed several hundred nests, but officials say Floridians can help.