Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:13 PM EST
By Associated Press, AP
ORLANDO, Fla. — Wildlife officials say Florida’s turtle nesting season is off to a strong start. The University of Central Florida’s Marine Turtle Research Group recently tagged 1,752 loggerhead turtle nests, 29 leatherback nests and three green turtle nests along the 13 miles of the National Wildlife Refuge in Brevard County. In Indian River County researchers also found high numbers of nests. But it's not totally due to businesses and beaches being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Warm winter temperatures may have helped the turtles along in their migration to Florida's beaches. Turtle nesting seasons lasts through July.