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 30, 2020

North Beaches
Loggerheads: 600 Greens: 39 Kemp's Ridley: 1 Leatherbacks: 16 Total: 656
Anastasia Island
Loggerheads: 146 Greens: 9 Kemp's Ridley: 0 Leatherbacks: 4 Total: 159
Matanzas Inlet South
Loggerheads: 38 Greens: 0 Kemp's Ridley: 0 Leatherbacks: 0 Total: 38
Total: 853

Reported Nests Evaluated: 680   |    Hatchlings Reported Emerged: 56,533





Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.