Monday, May 1, 2017
1900 E Gulf Beach Dr, St George Island, FL 32328
May 1 marks the beginning of loggerhead sea turtle nesting season on St. George Island and other beaches throughout Franklin County and Florida. The turtles will lay their eggs from May – September, with 50-150 baby turtles hatching after 45-60 days, usually at night. One female may nest several times in one season.
Florida has the highest number of sea turtles of any state in the continental US. Three species are common here including loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles. The Federal Endangered Species Act lists all of sea turtles in Florida as either threatened or endangered. In 2016, Franklin County reported 1116 Loggerhead nests, according to the Florida Statewide Nesting Beach Survey.