Florida sea turtle nesting season begins in May on many beaches and lasts through the end of October.
“In order to keep sea turtles and our beaches and oceans healthy, it’s important for all of us to be good neighbors and do our part,” says Dr. Robbin Trindell, head of the sea turtle program at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Here are some simple guidelines to save sea turtles and their hatchlings:
1. Do Not Disturb. Keep your distance from nesting sea turtles, their nests, whether eggs are visible or not, and their hatchlings. NO PHOTOS PLEASE!
2. Use the Right Lights at Night. Turn off or adjust lighting along the beach in order to prevent nesting females or hatchlings from getting confused and going toward lights on land instead of the salt water, where they belong.
3. Clear the Beach. Nesting mothers and hatchling sea turtles can get trapped or confused by beach furniture left on the beach at night. Beach furniture also can cover sea turtle nesting areas. Put all your stuff away and pick up any trash.
Report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline: 1-888-404-3922, #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone or text Tip@MyFWC.com.