Florida wildlife officials say they’ve arrested two men for poaching thousands of turtles and selling them.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release says 39-year-old Michael Boesenberg and 23-year-old Michael Clemons were arrested this week and face multiple poaching-related charges.

Turtle Nests Take Big Hit From Hurricane Dorian

Sep 22, 2019
Turtle eggs
Amy Green, WMFE

Hurricane Dorian’s high water washed away more than 8,000 sea turtle nests along part of Brevard County’s coast.  

University of Central Florida researchers with the Marine Turtle Research Group have been surveying the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Brevard County since the hurricane. 

The refuge stretches from southern Brevard County into Indian River County and is among the world’s most important nesting sites for threatened and endangered sea turtles. 

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.

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

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

Sea turtle nesting season runs from May until the end of October.
Lisa Peakes/WUSF

It's the time of year when wooden stakes and yellow plastic tape are boxing off sections of sand on area beaches.

Turtle nesting season begins this week.

Cases of Disoriented Nesting Turtles on the Rise

Jul 15, 2013

It's the middle of turtle nesting season, as adult turtles are coming ashore to lay their eggs. But Sarasota and Manatee beaches are seeing a high number of turtles getting lost.