It's time for our monthly sea turtle nesting count update and we have new cumulative numbers to share courtesy of our friends at Sebastian Inlet State Park! Park Services Specialist Addy Finegan tells us that "Sebastian Inlet has reached the “1,000 Club” in marine turtle nest numbers. As of Sept. 1, we have 1,087 nests on our three mile stretch of beach.”
The counts include beaches to the North and South of the Sebastian Inlet, and as of March 1st, survey teams have identified:
- 824 Loggerhead sea turtle nests
- 255 Green sea turtle nests
- 8 Leatherback sea turtle nests
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 North and South of the Sebastian Inlet –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.