The Panhandle gears up for turtle season

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 04:45 PM.

While Northwest Florida yearly documents mostly Loggerheads coming up on our shores, the area also occasionally sees a Green or Kemp Ridley nest.

2013 was a banner year for nesting, with 77,963 nests marked that year in the state.

One in 17 Loggerheads nest in State Parks.

Walkers who go out to help in the tracking go out before sunrise. They search for tracks and identify them via their trained eye or email pictures of the tracks to their coordinator for identification.

An alternating paisley gate from the sea up to the dunes means Loggerhead.

Parallel, even tracks mean a Green.

The Loggerhead will also drop its head, with which it helps push the sand.

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