State wildlife officials say they've spotted the first loggerhead turtle nest of this year's nesting season along the Georgia cost.
Department of Natural Resources officials say the nest was found on Cumberland Island on Friday.
Officials say the large reptiles usually crawl onto barrier island beaches, dig holes and lay their eggs at night.
State wildlife officials say nearly 2,290 loggerhead nests were spotted in Georgia last year, which was the most in the 25 years turtle nests have been monitored along Georgia's coastline.
Officials say the number of nests found in Georgia has increased each year since 2010, which is in line with trends in Florida and the Carolinas.