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Loggerhead Turtle Nest Numbers On Ga. Coast Looking Positive

 A young Loggerhead emerges from the nest on Blackbeard Island in Georgia.
A young Loggerhead emerges from the nest on Blackbeard Island in Georgia.
Credit USFWS/Becky Skiba / flickr.com/usfwssoutheast
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It’s sea turtle nesting season. Endangered loggerhead turtles nest on the Georgia coast, and this year their numbers look good.

“We’ve got about 600 nests so far,” said Jason Lee, the Program Manager for Coastal Nongame Conservation Section with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “We’re probably about halfway into the number of nests that we will have.”

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources monitors loggerhead numbers since they’re an endangered species.

Lee said the nesting season here starts in March and goes through mid-July. In average years there are about 1,000 nests by the end of the season.

Loggerhead turtles nest on all of Georgia’s barrier islands, though on the islands with more people, like Tybee and St. Simons, there are fewer turtles, said Lee.

Adult loggerheads can be three feet long and weigh 250 pounds. They start life as two-inch hatchlings.

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