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Endangered turtles had record nesting year

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- A wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says loggerhead sea turtles had a record-breaking nesting season this year on Georgia beaches.

Mark Dodd, senior wildlife biologist for the state DNR, says 1,761 loggerhead nests were reported from May through October. The number surpasses the previous record, set in 2008, by more than 100 nests.

Dodd says it's a a hopeful sign for the endangered species.

Emily Walker, night patrol team leader for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, says a light ordinance that went into effect in May on Jekyll Island improved conditions for the nesting sea turtles. Hotels, businesses and homes facing suitable nesting beach are required to use low intensity lighting to keep turtles from becoming disoriented.

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Information from: The Brunswick News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com