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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 1:21 pm | Updated: 11:09 am, Sun Oct 20, 2013.

SARASOTA, Fla. - Researchers are reporting encouraging numbers for sea turtle nests in Florida this year. In the nearly 200 nesting beaches being monitored, researchers report the second-highest nest count on record.

They say that while tides and storms can inundate nests, more serious threats come from predators digging up and eating the eggs.

And nest numbers don't guarantee baby turtles surviving to get to the sea. Once they crawl out, they can survive for only a short time before they starve to death if they don't reach the seaweeds that feed them.

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