Sea turtle nesting season has begun in the Florida Panhandle.
From now through the end of October, sea turtles will come
ashore at night to lay their eggs.
South Walton Turtle Watch director Sharon Maxwell expects a
healthy season a year after the BP oil spill. Last year, all turtle
eggs were dug up along the Gulf Coast and relocated to Florida's
Atlantic Coast. Maxwell says there's no need for that this summer.
Still, Maxwell worries about the dropping number of nests, down
to 25 to 30 in recent years from 58 nests in 2000.
Maxwell says her group won't publish the dates when nests are
found or their exact locations. She says people have used that
information in the past to plan parties to watch the eggs hatch.