The turtle nesting season is now happening on Jupiter Beach off the coast of Florida.
Every year, thousands of turtles crawl up the 9-mile/15km stretch of sand to lay their eggs between March and October.
With less disruption in 2020 due to reduced human influence and fewer hurricanes making landfall, the year was a bumper one in terms of turtles counted laying their eggs on the beach. The year produced the third-highest results since counting began in 1980. You can find five species of turtle nesting on Jupiter Beach, including:
- Green sea turtles
- Kemps’ Ridleys
Like a well-choreographed troupe, the turtles arrive in waves, with the Leatherbacks showing up first in March, followed by the Loggerheads and Greens, and finally the Hawksbills wrapping up the season.
You can find out more information about Jupiter Beach turtle nesting here.