Georgia Sea Turtles Are on the Rise
The nesting season numbers thus far are boding well for this once threatened species.
When it comes to wildlife, few creatures reserve as special a place in our hearts as the mystical sea turtle.
That's why we were so excited to read this encouraging report from The New York Times, titled "Once Threatened, Sea Turtle Nests Thrive Along the Georgia Coast." In the piece, writer Jacey Fortin shares that while loggerhead sea turtles were once designated as a "threatened" species several decades ago, they now seem to be having a renaissance along the Georgia coast. As of last Wednesday, June 12th, 1,779 sea turtle nests have been counted by researchers so far for the 2019 season, a length that can vary year by year. In 2018, the number of sea turtle nests for the whole nesting season was recorded as 1,742, meaning this year could shatter some existing records. In addition to loggerhead turtles, other species like leatherback sea turtles and green sea turtles also nest in the region.
Things are also looking better in other areas of the South beyond Georgia, Joe Pfaller, the research director for the Caretta Research Project, a sea turtle conservation group based in Savannah, tells The New York Times. "Dr. Pfaller added that while not all species of sea turtles are thriving around the world, the subpopulation of loggerheads that is centered on Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina is doing well," reports Fortin. “I think one of the reasons why sea turtles have something of a success story here is that the community is highly collaborative,” Dr. Pfaller commented of the region's efforts to save sea turtles.
For more information on sea turtle recovery initiatives and how you can help sea turtles, check out the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division's article here.
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Remember, if you see a nest or baby turtles on the beach, do not touch or try to engage with them. You can report dead or injured sea turtles at the Georgia Stranding Hotline at 800-272-8363.
We're wishing a safe and happy nesting season to these special animals.