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Maybe they're not quite as cuddly as panda bears, but sea turtles are hot. People have begun to recognize their beauty, importance, and threatened status.
You can travel to the far ends of the earth to see these magnificent reptiles, but it’s not necessary.
Florida’s Atlantic coast is the second best place in the world to see loggerhead sea turtles nesting. The first is the Gulf of Oman, according to the newspaper website TCPalm.com.
Florida has a thriving population and the state park system offers regular night tours. If the group’s lucky, it can witness a female turtle digging a nest and laying scores of eggs, and then heading back to sea. Rangers say the chance of witnessing a nesting is about 80 percent.
Tomorrow, May 15, at 8 a.m. Eastern Time, Sebastian Inlet State Park will begin taking reservations for June night tours at 772-388-2750. (On June 15, the park will begin booking July tours). These four-hour excursions last from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and can be incredibly exciting. The park’s on the Atlantic coast near Melbourne, about 90 miles southeast of Orlando.
You won’t be able to buy any mouse ears, but, even better, you may get a glimpse of something truly magical. Our recent story about helping baby Ridley sea turtles return to the sea led many readers to book a volunteer vacation at a very special Mexican resort.
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