Slowly, sea turtles are coming to nest on north county beaches


Scoreboard on May 2 (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

It’s early in the sea turtle nesting season — that’s why these numbers are so low on the scoreboard for nests in north Palm Beach County.

The season runs from March 1 – Oct. 31.

Loggerhead sea turtles have set a record for nests in northern Palm Beach County last year. Experts hope are for another record year.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s 300 volunteers and 29 full-time employees count turtle nests on the 10 miles of beach from from the northern Palm Beach County line south to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.

Read about LMC’s $14 million expansion.

The board listing the count, which is updated regularly, is on the beach side of A1A, located on the east side of the LMC in Juno Beach, just north of Donald Ross Road.

Officials find the nests by following the tracks left by the female sea turtle to the spot where she digs a three-foot hole to bury her eggs.

The nest area is roped off so beachgoers to not walk on the area and break the eggs.


Sea turtle nests are roped off so they are not damaged (File Photo)

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