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Officials: Sea turtle nesting season off to good start along Volusia, Flagler beaches


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Sea turtle nesting is up along the beaches of Volusia and Flagler counties and those who monitor them are also dealing with a rising number of challenges with beachgoers.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ) reports more than 1,500 sea turtle nests have been counted in the two counties. The nesting season continues through October.

Volusia Flagler Turtle Patrol president Beth Libert says the nesting numbers are high across Florida.

In Volusia County, monitors have counted 486 loggerhead nests, 13 green turtle nests and 14 leatherback nests. Jennifer Winters, who oversees Volusia's habitat conservation program, says it's a "new record high."

She says they're trying to get beachgoers to fill in any holes they dig on the beach so turtles don't get trapped as they crawl on the beach to nest.

Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal,

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