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Number of loggerhead turtle nests reaches record high in Georgia

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

Loggerhead nests are at an all-time high in Georgia, breaking last year's record set at this time.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has counted 2,550 nests so far this season, with another two weeks of strong nesting on the coast left before it starts to tail off. 

At this point, there are 215 more nests than this time last year.

Mark Dodd, who is with the Georgia DNR, attributes the incline to increased conservation efforts since the early 1990s and the work of volunteers across the coast, including on Tybee Island.

"Loggerheads are kind of an iconic species for the coast, and so all the people we're extremely grateful for all their work and efforts,” said Dodd, senior wildlife biologist, non-game conservation.

The loggerhead is currently listed as an endangered species in the state of Georgia.

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