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Keeping Our Beaches Safe During Sea Turtles Nesting Season

Help Save The Sea Turtles

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 Ways to Make Our Beaches Safe During Sea Turtles Nesting Season

With sea turtle season between May 1 and October 31 it is the responsibility of beachfront property owners and visitors to the beach to keep our beaches sea turtle friendly. With about 90% of all sea turtle nesting in the United States taking place on Florida’s beaches, St Johns County has a part to play in helping to keep the endangered sea turtle from becoming extinct.

Endangered status means a species is considered in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Extinct means to be gone from the face of the earth forever more. With human activity the primary cause for the decline in sea turtle population, there are many things that we can do to- Help Save The Sea Turtle!

  1. Beach deep hole in the sand

    Large holes in the sand are deadly for sea turtles.

    Turn Off Your Lights. The sea turtle follows the light of the moon. Artificial lighting often causes nesting females and hatchlings to become disoriented and head inland instead of toward the ocean. Adult females also may avoid brightly lit areas that would otherwise provide a suitable nesting site.

  2. Pick Up Your Trash. Sea turtles mistake plastic, balloons and other debris for food. Consuming trash often leads to nutritional problems or death. Turtles may also get tangled in trash, fishing line or plastic bags.
  3. Never Leave Belongings On The Beach Overnight. Sea turtles may become entrapped or disoriented by items left on the beach.
  4. Fill In Holes On The Beach. Adult sea turtles or hatchlings may fall in the hole unable to crawl out trapping the sea turtle. Fill in tire tracks and knock down sand castles.
  5. If You Find A Sea Turtle Do Not Disturb It. If help is needed call FWC Wildlife Hotline at 888-404-3922

Leave Only Your Footprints In The Sand!