Hooray, our first nest was found this morning by surveyor Vanessa Wilson! It was made by a loggerhead, the most common turtle nesting on our beaches. We’re continuing the practice from last year of not reporting nest locations to protect them from harm. We will invite the public to nest excavations performed to determine hatching success. Nest locations will be posted on our Facebook page as they hatch, starting in late July or August when the hatching season begins. We hope you can join us!
No nests yet but yesterday surveyor Nancy Evou found a leatherback false crawl. The track was 4.5 feet wide which is small for an adult of this species. If you encounter a turtle on the beach at night, please do not shine lights or take flash photos which may cause the turtle to abandon her nesting attempt. Report turtle encounters immediately to the Beach Police at 850-233-5000.
Sea turtle season started today, and our survey team is on the job! If you spot a nesting turtle on Panama City Beach, please call the Beach Police at 850-233-5000, and they will forward your report to Turtle Watch. Remember not to shine lights on the turtle or take flash photos. We’re looking forward to another exciting season!