Turtles Making Comeback?

By Al Pefley  email

Juno Beach, FL (WFLX)

One variety of  sea turtle that migrates to south Florida to nest is making great strides this summer.

Folks at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach say they cannot remember the last time they have seen so many leatherback sea turtle nests.

The latest count shows close to 1200 leatherback nests in a six-mile stretch of beach in Juno Beach and Jupiter.

That's about 100 more than at the same time last year.

"It's terrific, fantastic. It's wonderful. Again, you know if people can share in the enthusiasm but also keep their distance from the leatherbacks, that's the best for everyone," said Nanette Lawrenson, Loggerhead Marinelife Center executive director.

She says they have no explanation at this point for the increase in leatherback nests.  The leatherback is critically endangered.   Nesting season runs from March through October.

It is a crime to disturb or touch a sea turtle that has come ashore to lay eggs.