Mon., September 27, 2010 1:56pm (EDT)

A Record Year For Sea Turtles
By Courtney Ward
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Baby sea turtles make their way to the ocean from Georgia's coast. (Image courtesy Cathleen Hulbert)
Baby sea turtles make their way to the ocean from Georgia's coast. (Image courtesy Cathleen Hulbert)
A record number of sea turtle hatchlings have survived this nesting season. Over 1,700 nests were monitored on the Georgia coast by volunteers with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

Terry Norton with the Turtle Center says this is the highest number of nests Georgia has ever had.

“In the past there has been a 1.5 to 2 percent decline in the nesting population and with this year’s numbers there is a ting that looks like it may be a trend toward increasing. That’s looking at three islands that we’ve looked at for over thirty years.”

Norton says he hopes this year marks the beginning of a positive trend for the endangered loggerhead sea turtles.