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Posts Tagged ‘Florida sea turtles’

Sea turtle Nesting Season and How to Protect Our Beaches

Posted by Jody on May 7, 2013

  • It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests.
  • If you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone.
  • Avoid going to the beach at night. If you must be on the beach at night, limit your walking and do not use flashlights or flash photography.
  • Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining directly onto the beach by closing the drapes at night. Lights disturb nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.
  • While enjoying the beautiful beaches during the day, avoid disturbing marked sea turtle nests, and please take your trash with when you leave the beach.
  • When crossing a dune, please use designated cross overs and walk ways. Do not climb over the dunes or disturb the dune vegetation.
  • Interested in taking a guided sea turtle hike? Here’s a list of organizations permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct public turtle watches.

The sea turtle nesting season runs from May 1-October 1.

Florida’s Space Coast is located 35 miles east of Orlando on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. With over than 72 miles of sandy beaches, the Space Coast is the “gateway to the stars, home of East Coast surfing and the world’s second busiest port.”

I Need My Space

The first of May officially marked the beginning of the sea turtle nesting season in the state of Florida.  Although we want people to come to Florida’s Space Coast to enjoy our beaches, we also want residents and visitors to be aware that they’re not the only ones out there.

To ensure the survival of sea turtles, but still enjoy yourself on our coast here’s a short list of things to remember during sea turtle season:

  • It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests.
  • If you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone.
  • Avoid going to the beach at night. If you must be on the beach at night, limit your walking and do not use flashlights or flash photography.
  • Turn off outside patio lights and shield…

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Can Jellyfish Mean Good News? Sea Turtle Update

Posted by Jody on November 27, 2011

Can jellyfish blooms mean good news?  Maybe not if you are a swimmer… but it you are a critically endangered Leatherback Sea Turtle, come and get it!

Leatherback Turtle by Haeckel (PD-US / Wikimedia Commons)

The Orlando Sentinal reports: Jellyfish may be helping leatherback sea turtles make a comeback, “It’s the annual bane of beachgoers: massive “blooms” of jellyfish. This past summer, when the blooms hit Volusia and Brevard counties, thousands of ocean swimmers felt their sting.

“But researchers say the very creatures that are such a nuisance to people could be fueling the comeback of one of Florida’s endangered species: the leatherback sea turtle.” Read more in the Orlando Sentinal article.

For more information on the Leatherback Sea Turtle, the Earth’s largest living sea turtle: Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles Feasting in British Waters

And for more on jellyfish: What Exactly is a Jellyfish Anyway?

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