St. Johns County 2014 Sea Turtle Season Nears End
St. Johns County, FL – St. Johns County is proud to be home to several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles that arrive every spring and summer to nest along 41 miles of our beautiful shoreline. As another sea turtle nesting season nears end, reports show a total of approximately 288 hatched nests and more than 22,832 emerged hatchlings. The 2014 sea turtle nests included 442 loggerhead, 22 green, and 5 leatherback nests.
On Wednesday, October 8, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve in Ponte Vedra reported a unique new green sea turtle nest. After approximately 60 days of incubation, St. Johns County’s first Christmas hatchlings will arrive in mid-December. Cool weather means final nest evaluations will soon take place, and close the 2014 sea turtle nesting season. Thank you to all who volunteered and helped to make this season another success.