Keep Light Out of Sight During Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Government

Sarasota County beaches play host to the largest population of nesting sea turtles on the Florida's Gulf Coast from May 1 through Oct. 31, and residents are urged to keep light out of sight and remove unused beach furniture and coastal structures during that time. Averaging over 200 sea turtle nests per mile along Sarasota County's coastline, only one out of every 1,000 hatchlings survive to adulthood. Most die from predators, and the exhaustion and starvation caused by disorienting bright, artificial lights. Here are some ways to help sea turtles beat the odds: Each night, remove all furniture and recreational items from the beach and store them in an area landward of the beach and dunes. Properly dispose of trash. Sea turtles ingest plastic bags, and garbage attracts predators that eat turtle eggs. Knock down sand sculptures and fill in holes before you leave the beach so turtles have direct access into and out of the water. A turtle that falls into a hole cannot get out.

 

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