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800-pound endangered sea turtle nests on Melbourne Beach

Posted at 3:46 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 10:42:08-04

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. — An 800-pound leatherback sea turtle was found nesting on Melbourne Beach Thursday. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, these turtles are rare and endangered.

Dr. Kate Mansfield, from the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group, says this leatherback was found nesting in Indialantic. The turtle was finishing her nest camouflage and heading back toward the ocean.

Turns out, the turtle had tags down in Juno in March 2016. Her name was "Vienna."

According to Dr. Mansfield, Vienna nested down in Juno earlier this year as well.

It's not known how old Vienna is, but Dr. Mansfield said she can be at least 20 years old from when she was first spotted and tagged by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno.