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Turtle Nesting Season


May 1 - October 31

Turtle nesting season is May 1st through October 31st. Please shield your lights so that they are not visible from anywhere on the beach. Replace exterior lighting bulbs with Amber LED bulbs which give you 10,000 hours of turtle-friendly light! You can find certified Amber LED dealers at Close drapes or blinds after dark and avoid using flashlights or fishing lanterns on the beach.

Please remember, your lights can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles!

Sea Turtle Friendly Lighting:
A Model Ordinance and Guidelines for Local Governments, Planned Communities, Condominiums, Cooperatives and Homeowner's Association

Florida Marine Research Institute Technical Reports
Understanding, Assessing and Resolving Light-Pollution Problems on Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches.

Sea turtle video above by David Diez

2020 Nest Data

Total Nests this Season
Total Nests Hatched this Season
Total False Crawls this Season

Turtle Talk Blog


A day-time nesting Loggerhead sea turtle on Bonita Beach

Sea turtles are nocturnal, meaning they nest at night. Every now and then, however, we are treated with a daytime nesting turtle, offering us a wonderful opportunity to watch as she traverses ...

Tracking a leatherback sea turtle that was tagged on Sanibel Island

On April 17, 2020, a leatherback sea turtle nest was discovered on Sanibel Island. Christened ‘Juniper’, she has nested several more times since then on Sanibel and Captiva Island. Staff from the ...

Of beautiful things to come this turtle season

Here's a wonderful video showing an early morning nest hatching on Big Hickory Island last summer.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Facts

  • Loggerheads are air-breathing reptiles, scientific name Caretta caretta.
  • The common name refers to the turtle’s large head.
  • Loggerheads are the most common sea turtles in Florida.
  • Their food consists of mollusks, crabs and animals that encrust reefs and rocks.
  • They have been on Earth for millions of years with little serious threat to the species – until recently.
  • Weighing 250 – 400 pounds, adults can grow to more than three feet in length.
  • Hatchlings are two inches long.
  • Nesting occurs from May through August. Hatching may extend through October.
  • The nest cavity is 18 – 22 inches in depth.
  • Incubation period of the eggs in their sandy nest is 55 – 65 days.