MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The first leatherback sea turtle nest of 2020 was found in Martin County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

The nest was found and photographed by a citizen on south Hutchinson Island.

Ecological Associates Inc. confirmed it was a leatherback nest.

The FWC Research Institute confirmed this is the earliest leatherback nest documented in Florida. Sea turtle nesting season generally occurs from May 1 to Oct. 31 in Florida.

Five types of sea turtles nest in the state including the leatherback turtle, green, Kemp’s Ridley, loggerhead and Hawksbill sea turtles.

A total of 193 leatherback nests were recorded in the state in 2019.

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