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Monday, July 30, 2012 - 7:32am

Record Sea Turtle Nesting This Year

Georgia wildlife officials say they're seeing a sea turtle baby boom on the state's beaches.

More than 2,000 turtle nests have been counted this year along Georgia's 100-mile coast, said Mark Dodd, sea turtle coordinator for the state Department of Natural Resources. That's roughly double the average annual number of nests the state has seen for the last 25 years.

Cumberland Island has had more than 600 nests, surpassing its record of 366 nests a year ago. Tybee Island has counted 20 nests, breaking its previous record of 14.

Sea turtles are still laying their eggs on Georgia beaches. The nesting season normally extends into late August.