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Ignorance is deadly...

Tortugas Gear Beach Patrol has been formed.

Ignorance is deadly...

Sea turtle nesting seasons runs from March 1 to October 31. Beachgoers and visitors can help protect sea turtles and prevent accidents by filling in holes and collapsing sand castles on the beach. These holes pose a risk to nesting sea turtles, as well as hatchlings and can easily become deathtraps. Additionally, digging deep holes on the beach during sea turtle nesting season can possibly expose a buried nest that has not been marked with stakes. For logistical reasons, only 10% of sea turtle nests are marked with stakes, but all nesting activity data is recorded and analyzed. While enjoying a day at the beach, it is always best to dig below the tide line, as a nest can be as shallow as 12 inches below the surface.

Filling in holes and sandcastles is vital for local sea turtles’ safety. While sea turtle are beautiful, captivating creatures, it is illegal to harm or harass sea turtles, their nests or hatchlings. Sea turtles are protected by the US Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida Statute Chapter 370. You can familiarize yourself with nesting season do’s and don’ts and become an ambassador for these important rules.

Ignorance is deadly...

Do:

-Throw away foreign objects and debris left behind on the beach
-Fill in holes in the sand which may obstruct a sea turtle’s path to and from the ocean
-Observe a nesting sea turtle from a distance from behind
-Look out for disoriented hatchlings on trails and roads near the beach
-Keep your Lights Out near the beach or install sea turtle-friendly lighting

Ignorance is deadly...

Don’t:

-Don’t interact with or disrupt a nesting sea turtle
-Don’t use lighting on the beach at night including flash photography
-Don’t touch hatchlings on their way to the ocean
-Don’t take any action for empty egg shells, or exposed, un-hatched eggs
-Don’t harm or harass sea turtles, their nests or hatchlings
-Don’t use shovels to dig on the beach during nesting season

If you would like to join the Tortugas Gear Beach Patrol and learn how you can volunteer, message us.
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Ignorance is deadly...

Ignorance is deadly...

Ignorance is deadly...

Ignorance is deadly...

1 comment

  • Hello and Thank you for all you do to save and preserve the ocean residents!
    We will be in Panama City Beach, Florida Jan, Feb, and March of 2020.
    We would very much like to volunteer our time assisting in the protection and preservation of our oceans and the inhabitants.
    Can you recommend an organization that we can work with during our time in Florida?
    Thanks in advance,
    Ken & Ann Weaver

    Ken & Ann Weaver

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