Sea Turtle Nesting

This is a photo of a leatherback hatchling entering the ocean.

This past season was an average nesting year for the leatherback sea turtle with 20 nests laid and an above average year for green sea turtles with 902 nests laid. The loggerhead sea turtles laid a total of 1,579 nests, which is above the yearly average of 1,200 nests. With up to 50 nests in one night, the rangers and volunteers were extremely busy surveying the beach daily.

Sea turtle nesting runs annually March through October and is a very exciting and busy time at the park. Park staff has already been on the beach since the beginning of February looking for any signs of a nesting leatherback sea turtle. Every morning during this time, dedicated park rangers and volunteers survey the beach to track and record the number of turtles that come ashore overnight.

In addition to the daily surveys, MacArthur Beach participates in a citizen science program called Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest Excavation. Training for this program will take place in June, with the first excavation usually occurring at the beginning of July.