Green Turtle nesting breaks local record

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SARASOTA, Fla. - Sea turtles have finished nesting on beaches from Longboat Key through Venice, where green sea turtles laid a record number of nests and loggerhead sea turtles also had a strong year, according to Mote Marine Laboratory's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program.

Nests are now hatching, and many rescued hatchlings are currently receiving care in Mote's Hatchling Hospital.

It's important that the public keep beaches clear for hatchlings trying to reach the water, according to Mote's Sea Turtle Patrol - a group of scientists, interns and volunteers who monitor 35 miles of local nesting beaches each day of nesting season, May 1-Oct. 31.