Turtle Season Starts Today!

 

In addition to Florida being a great place to enjoy the sun and surf, Florida's beaches are important nesting areas for sea turtles, and the sand dunes are home to many unique plants and animals.

During a visit, please help protect Florida's sea turtles, other wildlife and the coastal habitats upon which they depend. The sea turtle nesting season in Florida starts now and runs through October. Please remember a few simple things to help protect these magnificent creatures during Turtle Season:It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests. Sea turtles are protected by both the Federal Endangered Species Act and the Florida Marine Protection Act.

  • If you see a dead or injured turtle,  please contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone. Be prepared to answer the following questions: What is the exact location of the animal? Is the turtle alive or dead? What is the approximate size of the turtle? Is the turtle marked with spray paint? (This indicates that the turtle has been documented.) What is the location of the closest access point to the turtle?

  • Avoid going to the beach at night. If you must be on the beach at night, limit your walking and do not use flashlights or flash photography. The light may cause the female to abort the nesting process, or other sea turtles nearby may be discouraged from nesting if there are lights on the beach.

  • Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining directly onto the beach by closing the drapes at night. Lights disturb nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. Many coastal counties and cities have lighting ordinances that help reduce beachfront lighting. Please make sure your beachfront lights are in compliance with the law.

  • While enjoying the beautiful beaches during the day, avoid disturbing marked sea turtle nests, and please take your trash with when you leave the beach.

  • When crossing a dune, please use designated cross overs and walk ways. Please do not climb over the dunes or disturb the dune vegetation.

 

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