A record breaking number of 30,848 nests in the Archie Carr Refuge for this 2019 season!
Green sea turtles also broke a record this year at 17,445 total number of nests this season, last record was broken in 2017. Since green sea turtles nest every two years, we continuously see this record breaking trend every other year. What a great recovery story for green sea turtles!
Although loggerheads didn't break a record, it was still an amazing year for them at 13,349 nests this season. The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is the most significant nesting location for loggerhead sea turtles in the whole world! For that, we will always celebrate loggerheads.
We are at the northern end for leatherback sea turtles to nest, so we love to see an average nesting total of 53 leatherback nests on the refuge for this season!
Kemp's Ridley sea turtles are very rare to nest on Florida's east coast, but we had one nest on April 27th! We are happy to share that the hatchlings from this critically endangered species successfully made their way to the ocean on June 24th.