The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently re-classified loggerhead sea turtles. Some are now considered “endangered” and others remain at the lesser “threatened” category. Georgia’s turtles remain classified as threatened, and the state’s sea turtle program coordinator said the turtle population remains at risk but seems to be improving.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island is keeping cold-stunned turtles warm for the winter. Several sea turtles are having a hard time in the frigid coastal waters. They are being taken to the Center to recover.
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.