Helping Leatherback Sea Turtles Make a Comeback in Florida

The Next Generation

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credit: Chris Johnson

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Having safe, undisturbed nesting areas is important not just for leatherback turtles but all species of turtles. No matter how mellow or docile sea turtles outwardly appear, if a beach is noisy or active the turtles will be scared off. When it comes to ensuring the next generation of endangered species, that's a big deal.

Within a few minutes of leaving the nest, this endangered leatherback sea turtle hatchling crawls into the waves for the first time. If this hatching is female, she will not return to the beach for 12-20 years.