Sea turtle nesting season begins in Florida

Published On: Mar 15 2013 11:55:41 AM EDT

Florida Today

Andrea Bowan from SeaWorld holds one of the juvenile green turtles that were released at Paradise Beach in Indialantic.

COCOA BEACH, Fla. -

Sea turtle nesting started Friday along Florida beaches and runs through October 31.

The turtles emerge from the surge at night to lay their eggs in nests dug into the dry sand, then return to the sea. Two months later, about a hundred baby turtle hatchlings emerge and crawl to the ocean.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking beachgoers to be careful and watch out for sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.

Three sea turtle species nest regularly on Florida’s beaches: loggerhead, green turtles and leatherback.

You can report someone disturbing a sea turtle nest, or report a sea turtle that is being harassed, injured or dead by calling FWC’s Wildlife Alert Program at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

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