Green sea turtle nest -- the latest ever -- found on Juno Beach


A nesting female green sea turtle set a record this year on Juno Beach.

A green sea turtle nest north of the Juno Beach Pier was recorded on Nov. 2, the latest ever one of the nests was found by  Loggerhead Marinelife Center research biologists. 

The previous latest find of a green turtle nest was Oct., 23 in 2010.

READ: 2017 was record year for sea turtle nesting .

Green sea turtles grow to about four feet and can weigh up to about 350 pounds. The nests usually have about 100 golf-ball sized eggs.

“They live most of their lives out to sea, it’s hard to get information about them,” said Sarah Hirsch, data manager for LMC.

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Most green sea turtle nests incubate about 60 days. Because temperatures are cooler this time of year, late season nests usually incubate longer. 

The nest will probably incubate through late January.

The eight-month sea turtle nesting season ended Oct. 31, which was another record breaking year with a total of 19,089 nests.

“(Finding the green sea turtle nest was) not entirely surprising due to the record breaking green turtle nesting season that we had this year,” Hirsch said via e-mail. 

Here are the number of nests  for the 2017 season: 

  • Leatherbacks: 97 nests
    • Loggerheads: 11,184 nests
    • Greens: 7,808 nests (record-breaking)
  • LMC officials patrol a 10-mile stretch of north county beach most days during sea turtle nesting season that starts March 1. They look for sea-turtle tracks leading to nests where females lay and bury their golf-ball-size eggs in about 3 feet of sand.

  SEE: Erosion photos and videos in north Palm Beach County  

Loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtle nests are documented. Yellow tape is used to mark off the nest areas, which should not be approached.


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