No Leatherback turtle eggs hatched this year on the Suncoast

Leatherback Turtles Did Not Hatch

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - We may have had high records of sea turtle hatchlings this year, but unfortunately the Leatherback turtles were not so lucky.

On Wednesday, we learned that four massive nests containing about 100 to 120 eggs didn’t get fertilized. Mote Marine biologists say Leatherback turtles are rarely found in the Gulf of Mexico and the female turtle who laid the eggs likely never met a mate.

This also serves as a reminder for beachgoers that if you see a taped off area, do not go anywhere near it, make sure you keep your pets on leashes and your kids under a watchful eye to protect the sea turtle nesting.

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