Turtle Tracks

Sea Turtle HatchlingsFast Facts Sea Turtle Tracks:

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.

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.

Nesting Activity as of October 22, 2021

North Beaches
Loggerheads: 601 Greens: 17 Leatherbacks: 5 Kemp's Ridley: 0 Total: 623
Anastasia Island
Loggerheads: 161 Greens: 1 Leatherbacks: 2 Kemp's Ridley: 0 Total: 164
Matanzas Inlet South
Loggerheads: 36 Greens: 1 Kemp's Ridley: 0 Leatherbacks: 0 Total: 37
Total: 824
Reported Nests Evaluated: 647  
Hatchlings Reported Emerged: 57,013  


Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.