ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ University of Central Florida researchers say the endangered green turtle population is making a comeback on one of the nation’s most important nesting beaches for turtles.
UCF researchers reported Wednesday that more than 12,000 turtle nests were counted during a recent census at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge along Brevard County’s coastline.
That broke last year’s record 11,800 nests.
UCF professor Kate Mansfield says the turtle population there has made a comeback in the past three decades.
There were less than 50 nests back in the 1980s.