EXTENSION CONNECTION: Share the beach with sea turtles

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 05:41 PM.

If you encounter a sea turtle nesting, keep your distance, remain quiet, don’t use lights — including flashlights, flash photography and video — and don’t touch the turtle.

Any distraction can frighten the sea turtle and cause her to stop nesting or false crawl. If you see hatchlings on the beach, allow them to crawl to the water on their own, keep your distance, keep lights off and leave them in their nest.

Consider all the species that we share our beautiful beaches with, especially this time of year. In addition to sea turtles, we have nesting shorebirds, endangered beach mice and vitally important dune plant habitat.


If you find a disoriented sea turtle or hatchling, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Wildlife Alert Hotline, 1-888-404-FWCC.

Email bsaari@ufl.edu or call 689-5850 for more information on marine science and natural resources.


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