State Park staff wraps up turtle program for season

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park’s staff is wrapping up this season’s sea turtle monitoring program.  This year has turned out to be an average year for nesting numbers, with an exception.  We had 115 total nests. One hundred eight nests were Loggerhead Sea turtle nest.  The exception is that we had seven green sea turtle nests on our beach. 

This beat our past record of three in the late 1990’s.  Our usual nesters are loggerhead sea turtles, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  Greens are endangered, and nest frequently along Florida’s east coast, far outnumbering those in the panhandle. 

Green sea turtle adults are larger than their Loggerhead cousins, and the hatchlings are black with a white trim around their shell, flippers and underbelly.  If you would like to know more about our sea turtles, wildlife and the park itself, stop by when you’re in our area. 

Our park staff can answer questions and talk about the wonders of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

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