Sea turtles are marine reptiles that have existed since their giant land turtle ancestors returned to the sea sometime during the age of dinosaurs. Seven species of sea turtles have managed to survive to modern times. All are considered threatened or endangered. Three of these species; the Loggerhead sea turtle ( Caretta caretta), the Green sea turtle ( Chelonia mydas), and the Leatherback sea turtle ( Dermochelys coriacea) nest on the beaches of Broward County from March through September every year. The Loggerhead is most common sea turtle using the area for nesting. Southeast Florida, from the Space Coast to the Gold Coast, is the second most important nesting area in the world for loggerhead sea turtles.
Sea turtles are nocturnal, thus mainly nest, and hatch at night. Leatherbacks typically nest from early March through mid-June. This species accounts for less than 1% of the nests in Broward County. Loggerheads are the county's most common nester, accounting for 90-95% of all nests. This species tends to nest from April through early September with peak nesting in June and July. Greens nest from late May through early September, tending to have alternating extreme high and low nesting seasons.
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