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More sea turtles nests, when beaches are clean

Posted at 7:58 AM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 07:58:00-04
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla.-- A recent study finds more sea turtles survive -- when beaches are cleared of debris.
 
Sea turtles spend most of their lives in the ocean, but rely on sandy beaches to reproduce. A University of Florida study monitored a stretch of gulf coast shoreline for three years near Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle.
 
The study found getting rid of flotsam and jetsam increased the number of nests by as much as 200 percent.
By contrast, *leaving* the debris *decreased* the number by almost 50 percent.