Turtle Tracks

Sea Turtle HatchlingsFast 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 October 16, 2020

North Beaches
Loggerheads: 600 Greens: 39 Kemp's Ridley: 1 Leatherbacks: 16 Total: 656
Anastasia Island
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
Total: 852

Reported Nests Evaluated: 654   |    Hatchlings Reported Emerged: 54,356

Fast Facts Loggerhead (Caretta caretta): :

  • Loggerheads get their name from the large, block-like shape of their heads.
  • Each female loggerhead makes an average of four nests separated by two week intervals
    over the course of the nesting season – that's up to 400 eggs!
  • Loggerheads' are distinguished by their strong jaws which they use to make meals of crabs and mollusks.

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.