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  • South Florida beaches in Broward County saw a record number of leatherback sea turtle nests this year.
  • Leatherback sea turtles laid a record 79 nests along the beaches of Broward County in 2021.
  • The leatherback sea turtle is the largest species of turtle in the world and is designated an endangered species by the NOAA Fisheries.

South Florida beaches in Broward County saw a record number of leatherback sea turtle nests this year.

Leatherback sea turtles laid a record 79 nests along the beaches of Broward County in 2021, almost double the number of nests from the previous record, according to the South Florida SunSentinel. The previous record was 46 nests in 2012.

The leatherback sea turtle’s nesting season is from March 1 to Oct. 31.


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“It’s difficult to say why Broward County saw such an increase in leatherback nesting this season,” Stephanie Kedzuf, a biologist for Broward County with a speciality in sea turtles, told the South Florida SunSentinel.

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest species of turtle in the world and is designated an endangered species by the NOAA Fisheries. Its population has declined by 40 percent over the last three generations.


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Published on Nov 02, 2021