Leatherback turtle surprise guest on Collier beach

A leatherback turtle came ashore Monday morning at a north Collier County beach, surprising turtle experts and park rangers.

Leatherbacks nest on the east coast of Florida and are seldom seen on the west coast. Nesting season for leatherbacks doesn’t even start until March.

“That’s a first for us – a leatherback on the beach,” said Bob Steiger, manager of Delnor Wiggins State Park. “I was told they should be down in Argentina this time of year. We don’t know what is going on.”

Park rangers were doing early morning patrols when they found the turtle in the middle of the beach.

“We don’t really know if it nested or not, but it made the same kind of circles they usually do after they nest,” Steiger said.

Park rangers called the Florida Wildlife Commission and Collier turtle experts to check on the rare reptiles.

Read full story HERE.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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