The Palm Beach Post is reporting that about 800 sea turtle nests were lost due to Hurricane Matthew along the beaches in Northern Palm Beach County. : (
Sarah Hirsch who is the data manager for the Loggerhead Marinelife Center reported that it’s been a record breaking year for nesting so the impact was minimal. 15,000 nests have already hatched before the storm. : )
63% of the 1,200 nests… that are mostly green turtle nests… that had not hatched were lost due to Hurricane Matthew.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations won’t let officials move the nests, even with the threat of a hurricane, because the eggs may be destroyed since they are very sensitive to being moved. Since the eggs are buried under the sand, the wind didn’t have much of an impact on their nests. The sea turtle nests were exposed because of the storm surge and beach erosion.
Don’t you just love sea turtles? : ) – Darlene Evans