BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: A green turtle is held as marine turtle specialists prepare to release the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

I spy with my little eye, SEA TURTLES! Rare loggerhead sea turtles have been digging nests and laying eggs along beaches in South Carolina and Georgia.

ABC News 4 reports that officials in both states have been finding dozens of nests since early May. Loggerhead sea turtles can grow up to 375 pounds and are protected under federal law as a threatened species. Every spring and summer, female turtles crawl from the Atlantic ocean floor to lay their eggs. You can find their nests along the beaches from North Carolina down to Florida. Wildlife officials are always looking for new nests filled with pin pong ball sized eggs.

As of now, Georgia reports more than 50 nests with more than half on Cumberland Island, says ABC News 4. In South Carolina, at least 47 nests have been located with 1/4 located in the Edisto Beach area. “We’re excited and optimistic for a great nesting season for sea turtles along our coast,” says Michelle Pate, a South Carolina state biologist, in a news release to ABC News 4.

Sea turtles will likely keep digging their nests until about August. In 2021, there were nearly 2,500 loggerhead nests in Georgia and over 5,000 in South Carolina. Will you spot a sea turtle nest this summer while at the beach?

Source: ABC News 4 

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