Sea turtle nests rebound after Tropical Storm Cindy

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - When Tropical Storm Cindy came ashore, it washed away sea turtle nests on Panama City Beach.

"When that storm hit, the whole panhandle took a big hit. We lost our first nine nests there to total wash out or to partial wash out. That night after the storm, the turtles came back and we're up to 36 nests now," said Nancy Evou, Assistant Coordinator for Panama City Beach Turtle Watch.

Any nest loss is significant to Turtle Watch.

"We only have just under 18 miles, so every nest we get is important. So losing nine for us was devastating," said Evou.

While Turtle Watch surveyed and marked off nests on Tuesday, tourists were able to learn and observe.

Friends Edwin Heig and Chase McCollum spent their morning learning more about protecting sea turtle nests.

"Especially when you're here at night, don't use the super bright LED flashlights. Use a red color or ember color," said Heig.

Evou said beach-goers should also clean up after themselves and fill any holes in the sand.

Sea turtle nesting season runs from May to October.