SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hurricane Hermine may be long gone, but the storm is having an impact on the area’s sea turtle population.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Jay, a Lido beach resident.
“The turtles are the highlight of the entire summer and to see so many of them [dead,] it’s just such a waste,” he added.
The researchers are disappointed in the news, but it’s just part of the natural cycle of life. Thankfully, a few thousand nests had already hatched prior to the storm, and they’re optimistic that a few hundred more can hatch before the end of the season.
Jay is doing his part. He’s keeping an eye on the beach daily to see if any nests hatch. He hopes some turtles survived so other beachgoers can witness this once in a lifetime experience.
“It’s one of those things that should be on everybody’s bucket list,” he said.
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