A rare occurrence is being celebrated at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.
Early Wednesday morning, a green sea turtle laid nest No. 160 on Jekyll Island’s beach.
The last time Jekyll Island saw a green sea turtle nest was in 2007, the same year the Georgia Sea Turtle Center opened its doors.
The nest also breaks the record for latest nest on the island. Previously, that milestone was set by a loggerhead nest laid on Aug. 21, 2013. Prior to that, the last record of green sea turtles on the island was in the 1970s.
Staff at the turtle center say the green sea turtle nest will likely be in the ground incubating into November.
“Not only is it extremely rare for sea turtles to continue to nest into September, but it’s also rare for Jekyll Island and even the state of Georgia to have a green sea turtle nest at all,” said Kimberly Andrews, Georgia Sea Turtle Center research coordinator.
The turtle center set up a Nest Tracker support page for Nest 160 – Green sea turtle nest. The $40 donation supports the research department of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and helps ensure the continued monitoring and research of Jekyll Island’s sea turtle nests.
Nest trackers also receive nest information, personalized “soon-to-hatch” email updates, a report on the nest’s success, overall season summary and more.