Clearwater Beach, Florida - This is a record year for sea turtle nests on the Pinellas Beaches.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium reports there have been 228 sea turtle nests this season, of which 86 have hatched, producing 6,326 hatchlings to date.
The trend is in line with the findings of Florida's three National Estuarine Research Reserves monitoring 199 nesting beaches statewide.
Staffers checking the beaches in Naples documented 461 nests along Collier County's shore, 34 more than in 2012. There were 400 other nests reported at other locations in the state.
The nesting season ends October 31st.
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