TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — It’s that time of the year again.
If you are planning a trip to the beach, be careful where you step. It’s sea turtle nesting season and State wildlife officials are hoping for another good turnout this year.READ MORE: Celtics Tie Eastern Finals 1-1 With 127-102 Win Over Heat
Nesting season officially began Saturday. This month, leatherback sea turtles will begin laying eggs along Florida’s Atlantic coast. Later this spring, loggerhead and green sea turtles will begin laying eggs in other coastal counties.
Biologists say a record high number of loggerhead nests counted in 2012 was followed by a record high number of green turtle nests in 2013.READ MORE: Police: Glades Middle School Teacher Arrested After Pursuing Romantic Relationship With Former Student
More sea turtles nest in Florida than anywhere else in the U.S. Florida’s sea turtle nesting season typically runs through October, though it continued late into the fall last year.
All sea turtles are protected by Florida and federal laws. It is illegal to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings or their nests.MORE NEWS: Florida Man Severely Burned When Fire Erupts During Arrest Attempt At Wawa Gas Station
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