Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Egg Drop

Laying the Eggs

Females typically return to their nesting beach every two or more years to lay about four to seven nests, one about every 14 days. Each nest contains on average 100-126 eggs that incubate about 60 days. In the United States, 90 percent of all loggerhead nesting occurs in Florida. The majority of this nesting takes place on the east coast of Florida. In fact, in Brevard County there were 24,630 loggerhead nests in 2013.

Sea turtles can lay about 80-120 eggs in one nest, depending on the species.

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FWC Facts:
Red tides have been documented along Florida's Gulf coast since the 1840s and likely occurred earlier. Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers.

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