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Tropical Storm Colin’s Impact On Fla. Sea Turtle Nests: Hundreds Lost, Final Tally Coming Soon

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Florida wildlife officials are continuing to monitor the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin and its impact on sea turtle nests across the state. The storm destroyed several hundred nests, but officials say Floridians can help.

Sea turtle nesting season started about a month ago, and already, Tropical Storm Colin has caused problems.

“We do know that we lost a couple hundred nests, primarily from the Southwest coasts, although we did see impacts all the way up through Pinellas County, for sure,” said Meghan Koperski, a sea turtle expert with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We’re still waiting to get information from certain areas of the Panhandle.”

Still, Koperski says it’s not all bad news.

“We also know that there have been new nests deposited since Tropical Storm Colin’s visit,” she added. “So, it’s not all dark and rainy skies. There’s definitely some hope on the horizon, and it’s not a total wash for sea turtles this season.”

And, she adds there’s some ways residents can help as well.

“Beachgoers may encounter eggs rolling around on the beach, and if that’s the case, the best thing they can do is to actually leave those eggs there,” Koperski continued. “There’s a very good probability that those eggs are no longer capable of producing viable hatchlings. So, collecting them and moving them around further limits those possibilities.”  

If residents see anything, they should contact the FWC.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.