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.
Georgia's hospital for sick and injured sea turtles on Jekyll Island plans to return two more of its patients to the wild. Georgia Sea Turtle Center officials say it's the third time this month that pairs of turtles have been returned to the ocean after recovering sufficiently to survive in the wild.
Georgia wildlife officials are saying for the first time that loggerhead sea turtles are recovering along the state's coast after more than 24 years of ups and downs for the threatened species. Department of Natural Resources biologist Mark Dodd said Thursday the giant turtles laid a record number of nests on Georgia beaches for the third straight year this summer.