Nesting Sea Turtles Face Challenges
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Storm surges from Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Debbie last year combine with seasonal high tides caused erosion on many of the state’s beaches.
This could create for nesting sea turtles.
Marine turtle nesting season began in March, from Broward through Brevard counties. May first marks the official start in other coastal counties.
Dr. Robbin Trindell is responsible for sea turtle management at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She said changes in the coastal landscape can make it difficult for sea turtles to successfully lay their eggs and produce hatchlings.
The wildlife commission reminds beachgoers that it’s illegal to disturb sea turtles, their nests or hatchlings. The loggerhead is a federally threatened species, while the leatherback and green turtle are federally endangered.
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