Nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Hawksbill

Hawksbill

Hawksbill

Hawksbill

Leather-back hatchling

Leather-back hatchling

Leather-back Sea Turtle Nest

Leather-back Sea Turtle Nest

Loggerhead Hatchling

Loggerhead Hatchling

Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle

green turtle

green turtle

Gree Sea Turtle

Gree Sea Turtle

nesting loggerhead

nesting loggerhead

nesting loggerhead

nesting loggerhead

nesting loggerhead

nesting loggerhead

nesting loggerhead

nesting loggerhead

green sea turtle returning to sea

green sea turtle returning to sea

green sea turtle returning to sea

green sea turtle returning to sea

turtle tracks on Jupiter Island

turtle tracks on Jupiter Island

green sea turtle nesting in dunes

green sea turtle nesting in dunes

green sea turtle returning to sea

green sea turtle returning to sea

green sea turtle returning to sea

green sea turtle returning to sea

green sea turtle returning to sea

green sea turtle returning to sea

green sea turtle returning to sea

green sea turtle returning to sea

Although at home in the ocean, sea turtles need dry land to lay their eggs.   Sea turtles are air-breathing reptiles that are adapted to living in the sea.  Their streamlined shape, large
and powerful foreflippers enable them to dive to great depths and travel long distances.

Sea turtles are found in all of the world’s oceans, but nesting is restricted to tropical and subtropical beaches.   The nesting season runs from May thru October in Florida, and particularly on the Atlantic coast.  During the warmer months many hundreds of nesting females visit the sandy beaches to dig holes and lay their eggs.  Sea turtles are found in the Gulf of Mexico from Texas through Florida and along the eastern seaboard from the Florida Keys to as far north as Canada during the nesting months.  The most common species found nesting on the Florida coast are the loggerhead, green and leather-back.  Hawksbills are found off shore in the waters but do not nest in Florida.


Much of the research on sea turtles has focused on nesting females and hatchlings
emerging from nests because these are the easiest to find and study. Thousands of nesting turtles have been tagged to gather information about their reproductive cycles and movements. In recent years research efforts have broadened, and new technologies such as satellite tracking have been used to
learn more about sea turtles during other phases of their lives. After decades of research, much has been learned, but still  many questions remain.

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