KEY WEST (CBSMiami) – For the first time in nearly three decades, baby loggerhead turtles have hatched on a busy Key West beach.READ MORE: Miami Heat's Bam Adebayo Named To NBA's All-Defensive Second Team
Ralph Capone, president and founder of the Key West Sea Turtle Club, said turtles hadn’t hatched successfully at Higgs Beach since the 1980s because there’s not enough sand for a turtle to dig and lay eggs — it’s mostly coral.
But in May, a turtle dug a hole and laid her eggs near a beach volleyball court. County employees temporarily took down the court and built protective fencing around the nest.READ MORE: Florida Tops 60,000 New COVID-19 Cases
County officials said the babies hatched Sunday night and 104 turtles headed to sea.
Capone said he found four infertile eggs and two hatchlings that did not survive. One live hatchling straggler was escorted to the sea later that night.MORE NEWS: Florida Lawmakers To Meet For Session On Property Insurance
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