Fast Facts Sea Turtle Population
» Each of the four species of sea turtle that nest on St. Johns County beaches leaves distinctly unique tracks, based on width and flipper pattern.
» Approximately 100 trained volunteers (called the "Turtle Patrol") dedicatedly observe St. Johns County's 41 miles of beaches during sea turtle nesting season to document the locations of sea turtle nests.
» At the end of the nesting season, the observations of these dedicated volunteers are reported to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service.
Please report any marine animals in distress to the Sheriff's Dispatch 904.824.8304.
Nesting Activity as of September 18, 2020
|Loggerheads: 596||Greens: 39||Kemp's Ridley: 1||Leatherbacks: 16||Total: 652|
|Loggerheads: 147||Greens: 7||Kemp's Ridley: 0||Leatherbacks: 4||Total: 158|
|Matanzas Inlet South|
|Loggerheads: 38||Greens: 0||Kemp's Ridley: 0||Leatherbacks: 0||Total: 38|
Reported Nests Evaluated: 598 | Hatchlings Reported Emerged: 50,421
Fast Facts Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles (Lepidochelys kempii):
- The smallest of the species that nest on St. John County Beaches.
- Have powerful jaws that help them to crush and grind crabs, clams, mussels, and shrimp.
They also like to eat fish, sea urchins, squid and jellyfish
- The first DNA-confirmed nest in St. Johns County occurred in 2015.
Please report any marine animals in distress to the Sheriff's Dispatch 904.824.8304
For further information: www.sjcfl.us/HCP/index.aspx or follow us on Facebook, Twitter,
and the SJC Reach the Beach Mobile app and website.
Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.