Singer Island - Earl's waves have stripped away parts of many beaches. The sand is what protects a sea turtle's nest.
"Its always day to day. We go with what we see so if we see a nest that's when we see eggs partially exposed we will relocate," said Kristin Larson with the Sea Turtle Conservation League of Singer Island.
Volunteers patrol about a two mile area of the beach at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island.
Group members are trained and have the proper permits and authorization with the FWC to conduct nesting surveys.
"Yea, I'm sure some nests are getting washed out. Fortunately a lot of our nests that were close to the tide line were already relocated but I did have another person on the beach tell me that they saw a few eggs up a little bit further north that just look like they were washed out," said Larson
Larson believes about 5 percent of the eggs or hatchlings in their patrolled beach are were lost as a result of the recent wave of activity in the tropics.
The Loggerhead Marine Life Center says if you see a hatchling in distress bring it to them. They will nurture it until its strong enough to be released to a safe and secure area.
To learn more about the Loggerhead Marinelife Center or to learn how to become a volunteer, click the link below:
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