Turtle nesting sets another record on Hatteras

By on August 15, 2013

A loggerhead hatchling. (NPS)

A loggerhead hatchling. (NPS)

Turtle nesting on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore has surpassed last year’s record total, according to the National Park Service.

The Park Service said Wednesday that 232 nests have been laid between the southern border of Nags Head and Ocracoke Inlet.

That’s 10 more than the number of nests located in 2012. Turtle nesting season usually lasts through late August.

The numbers reflect a trend along the East and Gulf Coasts. The Florida Times-Union reports that Georgia is seeing record nestings for the fourth year in a row.

While the numbers are still short of federal goals for recovery, scientists see them as an encouraging trend, the newspaper reported in its jacksonville.com digital edition.

Nesting numbers tend to rise and fall, but some scientists say that efforts to protect nests and rehabilitate turtles have been a contributing factor to better seasons.

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