Despite the fierce waves and strong surf hitting the South Florida coast, biologists at Loggerhead Marinelife Center said Tuesday morning they recorded their first leatherback sea turtle nest of the season.
According to a news release from the Marinelife Center, the nesting occurred on a 9.5-mile stretch they monitor just south of the Jupiter Reef Club.
A second sea turtle also came up on Juno Beach, but she did not successfully lay her eggs.
Because the tide has been very high and rough the past few days, there is a lack of dry beach available. This may have caused the second turtle to abandon the nesting attempt.
Biologists said the turtle will likely try again to lay her eggs Tuesday night.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center monitor a 9.5-mile stretch from the northern Palm Beach County line south to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.
Sea turtle nesting season in Palm Beach County runs March 1 to Oct. 31.