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.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is returning two of its amphibious patients to the wild. Staff at the sea turtle hospital on Jekyll Island planned to release the turtles on the beach at noon Wednesday. Each spent several weeks recovering from illness and injuries.
Georgia's endangered population of loggerhead sea turtles is getting help from federal officials. On Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating eight areas on Georgia's coast as critical habitat for the species. The designation allows wildlife officials to focus their limited budget on preserving the most vital areas for the turtles.
Coastal Georgia's hospital for sick and injured sea turtles is admitting at least six new patients from an aquarium in Boston. The ailing turtles were scheduled to arrive by plane Monday at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island. They were being treated at the New England Aquarium, but needed to be moved because of overcrowding.