Turtle Tracks

Fast Facts: Sea Turtles & the Wrack

After sea turtle hatchings have reached the sea, they float on seaweed (sargassum) to forage for food. These are called the "unknown years," because it’s a mystery how long they live in the sargassum.

Late September into early October, the tides increase bringing large clumps of the seaweed to the shore — this is called "wrack" or "wrack-line."

When the wrack is heavy along the beach, a team of "washback" volunteers are mobilized to scour the beaches for sea turtles in distress. Turtles that are found are then transported to the nearest rehabilitation facility.

Interactive Mapping of Nesting Activity

Explore sea turtle nesting activity and see exactly where on our beaches nests were located along with associated nesting and hatching information. Interactive Nest Tracker.

Nesting Activity as of May 26, 2017
North Beaches
Loggerheads: 63 Greens: 0 Kemp's Ridley: 1 Leatherbacks: 1 Total: 65
Anastasia Island
Loggerheads: 11 Greens: 0 Kemp's Ridley: 1 Leatherbacks: 2 Total: 14
Matanzas Inlet South
Loggerheads: 1 Greens: 0 Kemp's Ridley: 0 Leatherbacks: 0 Total: 1
Total: 80

Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.