8 Questions about Sea Turtles

Five species of sea turtles can be found in Florida:
Hawksbill Turtle
Kemp's ridley
Loggerhead Turtle
Leatherback Turtle
Green Turtle

Sea turtles can live 40 to 60 years or more.
Sea turtles range in size from the 75-100 pound Kemp's ridley to the 1,300 pound, 8-foot-long leatherback.
Along the Florida coast, sea turtles annually make between 40,000 and 84,000 nests.
Females nest every two to three years, laying several nests on sandy beaches. After digging a hole and depositing about 80-120 eggs, the females fill in the hole with sand and camouflage the nest before returning to the sea.
Sea turtles are born with the instinct to move toward the brightest direction. On a natural beach, this direction is the light of the open horizon.
After the two-month incubation period, the turtle hatchlings all dig out of their nest at the same time, a process that can take several days. As a group, they then leave their nest at night and head directly for the sea. This first trek "imprints" their home beach into the hatchlings. Once grown, the turtles will return to lay their nests on the same beach.
Only about one in 1,000 turtles survive to adulthood. Hatchlings die of dehydration if they don't make it to the ocean fast enough. Birds, crabs, and other animals also prey on the young turtles.

Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission