- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - University of Central Florida researchers say the endangered green turtle population is making a comeback on one of the nation’s most important nesting beaches for turtles.

UCF researchers reported Wednesday that more than 12,000 turtle nests were counted during a recent census at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge along Brevard County’s coastline.

That broke last year’s record 11,800 nests.

UCF professor Kate Mansfield says the turtle population there has made a comeback in the past three decades. There were less than 50 nests back in the 1980s.

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