Be on the lookout for Sea Turtles – and holes!
Turtle season is in full swing. Loggerheads are the most common sea turtle to nest along Lovers Key State Park beach. Lovers Key State Park has had 20 nests laid on the beach this year. Watch for crawls early in the morning. Keep your beach lights off. Pick up trash that might entangle (and kill) hatchlings. And please, do not dig deep holes! Beach holes are dangerous to turtles and other living things.
Loggerhead turtles are the most abundant of all the marine turtle species in U.S. waters. But persistent population declines due to pollution, shrimp trawling, and development in their nesting areas (among other factors), have kept this wide-ranging sea-farer on the threatened species list since 1978.
Their enormous range encompasses all but the most frigid waters of the world's oceans. They seem to prefer coastal habitats, but often frequent inland water bodies and will travel hundreds of miles out to sea.