Storm damages sea turtle nests

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Barry may not have directly hit the Florida Panhandle, but the impacts were felt by some of our area's endangered species.

Seven sea turtle nests were destroyed as a result of Hurricane Barry, according to the Panama City Beach Turtle Watch group. (WJHG/WECP)

All but two sea turtle nests on Panama City Beach were flooded during Barry, and seven out of 33 were washed away.

Leaders with the Panama City Beach Turtle Watch Group say sea turtles lay multiple nests per season, and they adapt to natural obstacles, like tropical systems. But the turtle watch group will still be working to make sure man-made causes don't hurt the nests.

"We'll make sure the nests, when they hatch, we do make sure they get to the water, because it's one in a thousand that will survive to adulthood. So every one little hatchling is important," said Nancy Evou, Assistant Coordinator for Panama City Beach Turtle Watch.

The turtle watch group also says to continue being aware of turtle nests when you're on the beach. Don't use flash photography or white lights when on the beach at night. And if you see a turtle nesting, call the local police so they can properly protect it.

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