Endangered Sea Turtles

Worldwide, there are only seven species of sea turtles, all are presently endangered or threatened. In Palm Beach County, Loggerhead, Green, and Leatherback turtles regularly use the local beaches during their nesting activities.  Hawksbill and and Kemp's Ridley turtles are also visitors to the waters off Palm Beach County.

When turtles are encountered by divers or snorkelers, care should be taken to avoid contact.  Turtles are covered with a mucus layer which protects the animal from many bacterial and parasitic infections.  If turtles are physically touched the mucus covering can be compromised opening the animal up to disease.  Never attempt to ride a sea turtle.  

Green Sea Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle

Loggerhead Turtle

Leatherback Turtle

Kemp's Ridley Turtle Olive Ridley Turtle Australian Flatback Turtle

Get a Sea Turtle ID Chart produced by Seaturtles.org and Reef.org.

Download Sea Turtle ID

To report a sea turtle stranding, disturbed nest, harassment, or a sighting, or to get more information about saving sea turtles, follow the links below.  Be sure to include your name, email, specific sighting location (GPS if available), the size and number, time and date of sighting.

For strandings, disturbed nests, or harassment: To report a sighting:
FWC Seaturtle.org Reef.org

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