The numbers are looking good for sea turtles on Volusia County beaches this year.
This is the peak nesting season and the indications are another record year is on tap.
Consider these tallies of the nests by species on Volusia beaches so far for 2017:
• 628 Loggerhead sea turtle nests
• 55 Green sea turtle nests
• 4 Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nests
The four Kemp’s ridley nests mark a record for the smallest and most endangered sea turtle.
There have been only nine other recorded Kemp’s ridley nests in
Volusia County since 1998:
- Two in 1996
- One in 1998
- One in 2005
- One in 2010
- One in 2012
- Two in 2014
- One in 2016
Sea-turtle nesting continues through early September. Nest-hatching season follows in late September and into October.
“This is an extremely important time in the life of a sea turtle,” the county said in a news release this week. “This is when sea turtles emerge from their nests and the baby turtles will make an often-treacherous crawl to the ocean, dodging predators, holes, trash, vehicle ruts and beach furniture.”
If a turtle appears to be in immediate danger, notify a lifeguard or beach safety officer or call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-3922.
For more information about Volusia County’s sea turtle program, call 386-238-4668 or visit www.volusiaseaturtles.org. For questions about outdoor-lighting restrictions, call 386-238-4773.