The Indian River County Sea Turtle Program led a Sea Turtle nesting dig Saturday, Wednesday July 12 2017, at Sexton Plaza Beach in Vero Beach. More than 90% of the turtles hatched a few days before the dig took place.
The purpose of a Turtle Dig is to make sure there are no hatchlings stuck in the nest. Also to record data relating to the nest, such as depth of nest, number of eggs, number that hatched, and to educate the public on sea turtles. There are literally hundreds of nests on the Treasure Coast of Florida (Sebastian Inlet to Jupiter) The first Turtle Dig was a huge success and they were able to save one hatchling. 118 people showed up to learn more about sea turtles. This was the second dig this season. 94 turtle eggs were in the nest, of which, 90 hatched. Two hatchlings were rescued from the nest and will be released.