Loggerhead sea turtles have had another record-setting nesting season in Georgia, where the number of nests counted has increased each of the past four years. Loggerhead sea turtles are protected as a threatened species by federal law.
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.
High surf from Hurricane Irene this weekend washed away more than sand. The endangered loggerhead sea turtles were near the end of their nesting season when the storm lashed the beaches. Turtle-watchers spotted numerous examples of nests that just disappeared after Irene.