MELBOURNE BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — When Hurricane Dorian swept up Florida’s coast, an estimated eight thousand sea turtle nests in a state wildlife refuge were carried out to sea.
The University of Central Florida said Friday that a recent survey conducted at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach shows the storm washed away 45% of green turtle nests.
Researchers say other turtle species dodged a bullet because the peak of their seasons passed before the storm, unlike green turtles. Dorian washed away 20% or 2,260 of the loggerhead nests from this season, and one leatherback nest.
But the turtles aren’t doomed. Scientists have already seen more than 400 new green turtle nests since Dorian.
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