Sea turtle nest numbers prove to be 'record breaking'

JUNO BEACH, Fla. -- Sea turtle nesting season wrapped up along Florida's coast on October 31, and biologists say new numbers have proved to be "record breaking."
 
Marine biologists at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center tracked the turtles throughout the season and noticed a record number of nests with several different species of turtles.
 
Scientists conducted their research on a 9.8 mile stretch of beach, that includes Juno Beach, Jupiter and Tequesta.
 
In that stretch of land, they saw a record number of loggerhead nests, increasing by 51 percent over last year's numbers.
 
This year, loggerhead turtles laid 11,525 nests in northern Palm Beach County. Last year, they tracked 7,674 nests. Biologists attribute the increase to better conservation efforts.
 
Marine biologists also tracked a record increase in the number of green and leatherback nests. This year, they found 1,361 green turtle nests. They also spotted 287 leatherback nests.
 
Scientists hope for an even better nesting season next year. It begins in March and wraps up in October.
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