Two species of endangered Florida sea turtles show record high totals

“We’re pleased with the green turtle and leatherback nesting totals in 2011,” said Dr. Blair Witherington, an FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute scientist.

“Nesting by both species has been rising dramatically and can be attributed at least in part to major conservation efforts over the past few decades.

However, our loggerhead nesting totals have declined or are at best stable, which suggests that this species has a different, and perhaps more difficult, set of conservation challenges,” he said.

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