Sea Turtles lack the ability to easily maneuver around objects or crawl backwards, and although they have good vision underwater, they do not see well on land. Therefore, furniture and equipment left on the beach overnight may create an obstacle for nesting sea turtles. When a sea turtle comes in contact with an obstruction, she can become trapped or entangled and is more like to return to the sea without nesting.
- Sea Turtles do not see well on land and light only obstructs their vision. Light is one of the major reasons that cause a mother not to nest.
- Light attracts hatchlings by the hundreds and prevents them from crawling down the beach to the water.
- Sea Turtles nest at night. Closing your curtains at 9:00pm insures that our turtles have a quiet place to nest and their hatchlings have a chance to start on a 25-year journey to return to our beach to replenish the species.
- Make sure chairs, toys and boats are off the beach from sunset to 2 hours after sunrise.
- Replace wooden cabanas with lightweight furniture that is easier to move on and off the beach.
- At night, beach obstructions should be placed as close as possible to the dune in an area that does not impact native vegetation.
- It is against federal and state laws to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, their nests, their eggs, or their hatchlings.
Thank you for your continued support of the Sea Turtle Conservation League of Singer Island. We have been able to make a huge difference in our community for years, but could not do it without you!!!