Endangered green sea turtles make a comeback in Florida
When Chris Long thinks back on a summer spent digging up holes in the beach, it’s a job he says he “wouldn’t trade … for anything.”
The 26-year-old University of Central Florida Ph.D. candidate spent months looking for green turtle nests, studying the comeback of a species that — at one time — came dangerously close to extinction.
But now, Long and the other biologists at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida are thrilled by what they found. In 1979 there were only 62 nests in the state, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This year, there were 35,000.
“Some nights [during nesting season] we see 300 nests just in a 13-mile stretch,” Long said. “Walk over to the beach and you’ll find a turtle.”
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