The wildlife found in the waters surrounding the state of Florida are just amazing, mysterious and just plain fascinating. The waters surrounding the state is one of the top reasons why travelers choose Florida as their vacation destination. Turtle nesting season runs from March through October along the Atlantic Coast of Florida and from May through October on the Gulf Coast of the state.
During turtle nesting season there are a few rules and laws everyone must abide by. These are put in place to protect the turtles and ensure their breeding process remains undisturbed. To help prepare you for your upcoming Vero Beach vacation here is a list of those rules and laws.
Do Not Disturb
It is against the law, both federal and state, to disturb a sea turtle at any time. This includes touching the sea turtle when it is nesting, the nests and any of the hatchlings. Call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission of you see a dead or injured sea turtle. You can dial *FWC from your cell phone or 888.404.FWCC.
I know it is a beautiful site to see the moon over the ocean waters, but if at all possible try to avoid going to the beach at night during these months. It will be dark and you could accidentally injure a sea turtle or damage a nest. If you must visit the beach at night try to not walk around too much and do not use anything with a bright light – flashlight, camera flash, etc. This can stop a nesting sea turtle from coming ashore and scare her away.
During these months turn off any patio lights and reposition lights so they are not shining on the beach. Also, close the drapes on windows facing the ocean. This will reduce artificial light which hatchlings confuse with the moon and could move away from the water.
Take all of your trash with you when you leave the beach. Sea turtles can get caught up in the trash or eat it, causing them to get sick, injured and possibly die.
Do not climb or walk over the dunes. When visiting the beach use all boardwalks and stairs.
For more information about turtle nesting season visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy website.
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