Endangered Turtle Nest Found in Northwest Florida

SEAGROVE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The nest of an endangered leatherback turtle has been found in northwest Florida, in what wildlife officials say is somewhat of a rare find.

Leatherbacks are found in Florida's coastal waters, and a small number nest in the state, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Except for a few isolated nests in Franklin and Gulf counties, leatherbacks nest almost exclusively on the east coast of Florida. Most nesting occurs in Palm Beach County.

This nest was found last Wednesday in Seagrove Beach in Walton County about three houses away from where another nest was found
last year.

Turtle Watch Coordinator Sharon Maxwell says since the two nests are so close together, the females may have hatched at the same time.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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