In-Water Sea Turtle Census
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In-Water Sea Turtle Census

In-Water Sea Turtle Census

Up to 5 species of sea turtles are found in Palm Beach County’s waters, some as residents and some as temporary visitors.  Still, scientists and wildlife managers know relatively little about the seasonal movements and abundance of these turtles along Florida’s SE coast.  As nesting numbers have grown, so will the abundance of young turtles looking for good places to grow up, and we’d like to know where the most popular places are. 

The “Great In-Water Sea Turtle Census” provides a central database for the public to report their sea turtle encounters. Over time, trends in seasonal and annual abundance will help us understand the importance of this area’s diverse coastal habitats to each local sea turtle species, and help steer future conservation measures. 

Have you seen a sea turtle?

Contact Palm Beach Zoo Conservation Biologist Larry Wood at

Photo: Ken Knezick, Island Dreams

Special Note: Hawksbill turtles are protected by State and Federal law. Never pursue, touch, or harass this or any other protected species. This research is permitted through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (MTP #077) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Permit #14272).


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