TCPalm: Sea turtle nesting season starts early as leatherback lays eggs on Treasure Coast beach

Article Posted on February 17, 2020

By Tyler Treadway

Some visitors just can't wait to get to the Treasure Coast's beaches.

The official sea turtle nesting season doesn't start until March, but the first nest of the year — laid by a leatherback turtle — was found Feb. 6 just north of Santa Lucea Beach near Stuart on Hutchinson Island.

It's the earliest nest on record in the state, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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