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Florida is the Sea Turtle Nesting Capital of North America

Sea turtle nesting grounds are limited exclusively to the Southeast region of the U.S. They extend from the Florida Keys to Virginia on the Atlantic Coast, and from Texas through Florida

The best place in the nation to view nesting sea turtles is on Florida's Atlantic Coast.

An amazing 80 percent of the sea turtle nests laid on the entire U.S. East Coast occur between New Smyrna and Boca Raton. Most are made by loggerheads but four other species also nest here.

Adult sea turtles are sizable animals; even the smallest weighs between 200 and 300 pounds. The opportunity to closely approach such a large endangered creature on its own grounds, without the slightest danger, is remarkable.

To do so when the creature is nesting is extraordinary.

Join A Guided Turtle Walk (Turtle Watch)

Why join a turtle walk? Because it's one of Florida's most unforgettable experiences. Everyone, especially Floridians, ought to sign up for a turtle walk at least once.

Almost all turtle walk programs are on Florida's Atlantic coast, which has the greatest concentration of nests. The beaches in the Melbourne area are the most heavily used.

Although turtle walks are held in June and July, most reservations are taken in May, some in April. Spaces fill quickly, so call as early as possible.

The number of people allowed to participate on any one night is quite limited. Advance reservations are mandatory.

So are long pants, long sleeve shirts and insect repellant!

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