ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida's sea-turtle nesting season has
begun, and thousands of the reptiles will return to their home
beaches to lay eggs.
The young hatchlings will break out of their shells several
weeks later and head for the water.
Florida beaches are one of the primary nesting grounds for
loggerhead turtles, but nest numbers since 1998.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that loggerhead-nest totals dropped 41 percent at the key beaches tracked for long-term trends.
Last year's totals showed a slight rise from the 2007 record low.
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