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Strong tropical winds and high tides associated with Hurricane Dorian unearthed hundreds of sea turtle nests on beaches along the Space Coast, officials said.
The massive storm brushed past the East Coast earlier this month and beach runs were halted until conservation teams could safely survey Dorian's impact on the marked nests.
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The state accounts for 90% of the nation's sea turtle nests and many East Coast beaches are expecting record numbers this year.
Officials at Canaveral National Seashore estimate that 1,500 nests of 6,000 marked before Dorian's arrival were affected.
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Spokeswoman Laura Henning said the estimate is based on the number of markers that were washed away. There's still a chance the nests weren't wiped out and any remaining buried eggs could hatch, she added.
"Canaveral National Seashore documented over 13,000 nests this season, so even with the storm it was an extremely successful nesting season and at least 6,000 or so of the nests had the whole incubation period and hatched if they were going to before the storm," Henning said in an email.
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