Sea turtle nest count spikes, officials hope end to drier spell

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Nests by loggerheads, leatherbacks, and sea turtles are always monitored closely, and the number oscillate vastly from year to year. 

However during recent years a sustained lower cycle had worried many nest monitors, but officials are on a high note as the latest count is up some 50% for the entire South Carolina coast -- the count was 2,183 in 2009, and is up to 3,141 this year.

The Island Packet has a report on the latest turn of events; read it here.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources maintains an extensive data collection site on nests by beach by year; get that here.

Update December 16: The Island Packet has followed with an editorial that expand says this is particularly good news; take a read here.

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