Where they live: Found in abundance from the Treasure Coast to Florida Bay
Size: Leatherback sea turtles are the largest sea turtle and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds with shells up to 10 feet in length. Hawksbill sea turtles are smaller, weighing up to 200 pounds with up to 30-inch long shells. All sea turtles hatch from small eggs on the beach.
Threats: Sea turtle nests on Florida’s beaches are threatened by near-shore artificial light, habitat loss, and pollution, which is why they are monitored and protected in Florida. While natural predators remain a huge threat to sea turtles, man-made environmental problems cause the greatest need for concern.
All five species of sea turtles found in South Florida have been designated as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
To save the sea turtles, we need to ensure their protection. You can do your part by helping us spread awareness about how to identify and protect sea turtle nests and pledging to protect them.