That time again: Loggerhead sea turtle nesting and hatching season

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MARCO ISLAND, Florida - April 26, 2021 - As the Gulf of Mexico water temperatures warm up, the protected Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) will soon return to the Marco Island beaches.

Living year round in the open and near shore waters to feed and rest, the adult female sea turtles will begin nesting on our beaches between May and August. Sixty days after the nests are laid, the hatchlings will emerge and begin the trek to the Gulf of Mexico usually between July and October.

So, the next six months – May 1 through October 31 – is a crucial time of year for this threatened marine sea turtle population on the Marco Island beaches.

Sea turtles and people can easily coexist if actions to preserve and share the common habitat – Marco Island’s beautiful beach! In the effort to support the Collier County Sea Turtle Monitoring Program and to help prevent disorientation from occurring and protect the sea turtles, the City of Marco Island does monitor and ensure compliance …

Source: Naples Daily News