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 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.
Authorities have intercepted 156 sea turtle eggs stolen from a nest on Sapelo Island. Georgia wildlife officials said they began investigating the theft after learning the eggs had been stolen from the nest.