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.