Leatherback Nesting Has Peaked

Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) begin nesting in February in Florida and most of it occurs in the southeast part of the state.  Nesting usually peaks in mid-May and this year was no exception.  After a seemingly slow start, leatherbacks hit the beaches pretty hard in south Indian River County with a nest nearly every day over the last several weeks.  They are very large (700 to 1,200 lbs. and 6 to 8 feet long) and so are the areas they disturb on the beach. Somewhere in there is a clutch of eggs.  Returning to the water, these massive turtles tend to weave their way across the beach.