Turtle Tracks

Sea Turtle HatchlingsFast Facts

There are known reasons why sea turtle mothers false crawl, or return to the sea without laying eggs:

• She is disturbed by lights or noise.
• She encounters predators.
• She encounters an obstacle while crawling up the beach.
• She encounters roots, debris or rocks while digging her egg chamber.
• The sand does not have the right consistency or moisture.
• Her egg chamber collapses.

Please report any marine animals in distress to the Sheriff's Dispatch 904.824.8304.

Nesting Activity as of June 26, 2020

North Beaches
Loggerheads: 377 Greens: 9 Kemp's Ridley: 1 Leatherbacks: 15 Total: 402
Anastasia Island
Loggerheads: 75 Greens: 0 Kemp's Ridley: 0 Leatherbacks: 2 Total: 77
Matanzas Inlet South
Loggerheads: 21 Greens: 0 Kemp's Ridley: 0 Leatherbacks: 0 Total: 21
Total: 500

  • Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.