The nesting turtles are still here! Nesting has slowed down quite a bit within the last month, but our research team is still recording new sea turtle nests on a daily basis. As of September 15, we have recorded 16,327 nests along our survey area. Our previous record was 13,173 nests as recorded in 2012.
Below is a snapshot of this season’s nest numbers from April 1 – August 31 for leatherback, loggerhead and green sea turtles:
As you can see from this table, each species of sea turtle has a peak nesting period. The leatherback sea turtles are the first to nest in Florida and their peak nesting period this season was between mid-May and early June. The loggerhead sea turtles began nesting in April and their peak was from June to July this year. The last to nest are the green sea turtles. The green turtles began nesting in May this season and their peak nesting period was between late June and early August.