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Sea turtle nesting count update

green sea turtle hatchling

Time for our monthly sea turtle nesting update!  We hear nesting season looks to be winding down from Sebastian Inlet State Park Ranger Addy, but it's been an active season.  As of September 2, we have 1,126 nests on our three mile stretch of beach.

The counts include beaches to the North and South of the inlet (Zones A-F), and as of today, survey teams have identified:

  • 889 Loggerhead sea turtle nests
  • 236 Green sea turtle nests
  • 1 Leatherback sea turtle nest

The Sebastian Inlet District works in tandem with park officials and employs biologists from Ecological Associates, Inc. (EAI) to conduct daily surveys on the beaches just South of Sebastian Inlet – along a ½ mile stretch starting near McLarty Treasure Museum and continuing South to Ambersand beach access in Indian River County.  District monitoring efforts began on March 1 and will continue through the end of the nesting season in October.  To read more about our ongoing work with EAI, visit HERE.

posted: 9/2/2020