Sea turtles have finished nesting on local beaches andMote Marine Laboratory scientists are happy to announce that 2015 was a record breaking season for sea turtle nests along Mote-monitored beaches from Longboat Key through Venice.

Following a thorough review of data once sea turtle nesting season officially concluded on Oct. 31, Mote's Sea Turtle Patrol - a group of scientists, interns and volunteers who have monitored nesting beaches for 34 years - report that a confirmed total number of nests along Longboat Key through Venice reached 2,475 nests in 2015, which beats the 2012 record by 6 nests.