Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program

Thousands of sea turtles nest (lay eggs) each year on southwest Florida beaches. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium scientists study and tag these endangered and threatened species to help protect their future on our changing planet. Learn more about Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program here

Weekly sea turtle nest counts

Visit every week beginning May 1 to see preliminary counts of new sea turtle nests on Longboat Key through Venice, Florida. A final count will be posted after nesting season is complete on Oct. 31 and data have been reviewed thoroughly.

Note on the data sheets: "FC" means "false crawl," when a turtle crawls ashore and returns to the water without leaving a nest.