From the Palm Beach Post in the USA:
Sea turtle nests bore the brunt of Irene’s wrath
By Bill DiPaolo
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 2:41 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2011
Posted: 12:23 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2011
JUPITER — Turtle nests sustained significant damage from Hurricane Irene, but county beaches generally stood up well to the storm, according to county officials.
“There was some damage to plants and dunes,” said Dan Bates, environmental director for Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management. “Some beaches lost a little width and height. But nothing major. And there was no structural damage to coastal buildings.”
While the predicted 18-foot waves did not slam into Palm Beach County beaches, the storm did destroy many sea turtle nests. The six-month nesting season ends Oct. 31.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center officials, who report about 2,300 sea turtle nests this year on north county beaches, inspected 600 of the nests. Eighty nests had been destroyed by the storm, said Loggerhead Biologist Kelly Martin.
About 250 silver-dollar-sized hatchlings were brought in Thursday by beachgoers who found them wandering on the sand. The tiny turtles will be kept for two to four weeks. They will be taken out by boat and released at the weedline, Martin said.
The amount of nests destroyed this summer by storms is about the same as any other year, Martin said.
“Unfortunately, the turtle nesting season is the same (time) as the hurricane season,” she said.
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