BRUNSWICK — Loggerhead sea turtles nesting in Georgia have hit a new high for the fourth straight year.
Sea turtle program coordinator Mark Dodd of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that more than 2,141 nests — last year’s record total — have been documented on barrier-island beaches.
The count had reached 2,242 by Tuesday morning, according to www.seaturtle.org.
While nesting season is nearly over, the total will not be final until fall, as scientists use genetics to identify 11 “unknown” nests.
This summer marks only the second time since comprehensive surveys began in 1989 that the federally threatened reptiles have laid more than 2,000 nests in Georgia. Nest totals also have climbed steadily since 2009, the longest such span in 25 years.
DNR analysis last year showed that the increasing trend is statistically significant.
Read full story in Aug. 17 issue of the Bryan County News.