Clearwater Marine Aquarium Staff and Volunteers Help Over 10,000 Sea Turtle Hatchlings Make it to the Gulf
CLEARWATER - As the 2009 sea turtle nesting season wraps up, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is pleased to announce it helped safely guide 10,171 live hatchlings to the Gulf waters. Altogether, 138 nests were located on Pinellas County beaches.
"Last year, only 108 nests were found, so we were up 30 nests over last year," said Mike Anderson, manager of sea turtle nesting. "We are hoping this trend of increasing nest numbers will continue."
CMA oversees sea turtle nesting on 26 miles of Pinellas County beaches, locating and protecting nests, and ensuring the hatchlings make their way into the ocean. Sea turtle nesting season runs each year from May through October. Over the last four years, CMA has released more than 30,000 hatchlings into the Gulf.
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