Fast Facts Sea Turtle Population
» Each of the four species of sea turtle that nest on St. Johns County beaches leaves distinctly unique tracks, based on width and flipper pattern.
» Approximately 100 trained volunteers (called the "Turtle Patrol") dedicatedly observe St. Johns County's 41 miles of beaches during sea turtle nesting season to document the locations of sea turtle nests.
» At the end of the nesting season, the observations of these dedicated volunteers are reported to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service.
Please report any marine animals in distress to the Sheriff's Dispatch 904.824.8304.
Nesting Activity as of September 25, 2020
|Loggerheads: 596||Greens: 39||Kemp's Ridley: 1||Leatherbacks: 16||Total: 652|
|Loggerheads: 147||Greens: 7||Kemp's Ridley: 0||Leatherbacks: 4||Total: 158|
|Matanzas Inlet South|
|Loggerheads: 38||Greens: 0||Kemp's Ridley: 0||Leatherbacks: 0||Total: 38|
Reported Nests Evaluated: 614 | Hatchlings Reported Emerged: 51,758
Fast Facts Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea):
- The largest leatherback sea turtle ever recorded was over 8 feet long and weighed over 2000 pounds
- Leatherback sea turtles produce the largest eggs and hatchlings among all sea turtle species.
They also like to eat fish, sea urchins, squid and jellyfish
- Leatherback sea turtles are the largest sea turtle and the largest reptile on our planet.
- Leatherback sea turtles swim five times faster than the fastest human the world.
Please report any marine animals in distress to the Sheriff's Dispatch 904.824.8304
For further information: www.sjcfl.us/HCP/index.aspx or follow us on Facebook, Twitter,
and the SJC Reach the Beach Mobile app and website.
Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.