Sea Turtle Season!
It’s that time again – Sea Turtle Season. From May 15 through October 31, the area beaches host an unusual marine visitor – the green sea turtle. These magnificent animals emerge from the surf at night to lay their eggs in nests dug into the dry sand, then return to the sea. Two months later, about a hundred baby turtles (hatchlings) emerge from each of these nests and crawl to the ocean. This amazing cycle of Mother Nature is thousands of years old.
Our government has taken several steps to protect these gentle creatures and the fragile dune area. Beach driving and parking is prohibited west of an established dune conservation zone and beachfront lighting at night is limited. The tiny hatchlings can be confused by bright lights and stray west onto busy Highway A1A. Please do your part and keep this tips in mind:
• Don’t disturb a turtle that is crawling to or from the ocean or laying eggs. Watch from a good distance.
• Avoid shining lights on the beach at night as this may frighten away nesting females and, interfere with the hatchlings ability to find the sea.
• Avoid walking or cycling in neting areas.
• Do not disturb markers or protective screening over turtle nests. These nests are being studied and protected.