Record-breaking number of sea turtle nests found on Jupiter-area beaches, researchers say.
JUNO BEACH — Researchers have found a record number of sea turtle nests in northern Palm Beach County, according to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach.
The 20,998 turtle nests recorded Wednesday broke an all-time record for a 9.5-mile stretch of beach, according to a news release from the center.
With three months left in the nesting season, the number of recorded nests had climbed to 21,872 on Sunday, the center said.
The north county nesting area includes the sands of Juno Beach, Jupiter-Carlin and Tequesta.
The sea turtles that usually nest along Florida beaches are loggerheads, leatherbacks and green turtles.
As of Sunday, researchers had found 14,998 loggerhead nests, 6,768 green turtle nests and 215 leatherback nests on the North County beaches, the Marinelife Center said. »