INDIALANTIC, Fla. — It’s been another good year for sea turtles, as another nesting season winds down.
- Nesting season runs from May 1 to October 31
- Brevard typically has 14,000-16,000 nests overall
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says turtle nests on 800 miles of documented Florida beaches are at 2017 levels -- that's in the neighborhood of 150,000, including Loggerhead, Leatherback and Green turtles.
Brevard County typically tops the lists for nests with 14,000-16,000 overall.
For Donna Simons, hearing that local sea turtles are prospering again this year puts a smile on her face.
She volunteers for Brevard County's Sea Turtle Preservation Society, a group dedicated to protecting the species.
“In the overall picture we were low, but it's a normal low. Nothing usual, no hurricanes washing them out. The red tide had no effect, so we are good,” Simons said.
FWC expects specific 2018 turtle nest numbers in January.
Nesting season runs from May 1 through October 31.