Green sea turtles had a record year for nesting on Florida's beaches, marine scientists announced Monday. Leatherback sea turtle nesting numbers showed an increase as well, they said, but loggerheads —- the most common type of sea turtle —- did not. During the nesting season, which just ended, female turtles swim ashore, dig holes and lay their eggs. Hundreds of people document the nesting on a set of "index beaches" around the state to determine how well the season went. The count for green sea turtle nests on those index beaches, 10,701, broke the previous record. The count for leatherbacks of 601 fell just shy of the record. Loggerheads have been in decline since 1998, and this year's index beach total of 41,939 was about average for the past five years of dropping numbers, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Record year for green sea turtle nests on Florida beaches
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