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Turtle Nesting Season

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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! Find certified dealers who carry Amber LED’s. 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
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Florida Marine Research Institute Technical Reports
Understanding, Assessing and Resolving Light-Pollution Problems on Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches.
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Sea turtle video above by David Diez

Nest Data

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

Turtle Talk Blog

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Sea turtle returning to the sea on a beautiful Bonita Beach morning

A spectacular vision of a loggerhead sea turtle on Bonita Beach this morning returning to the Gulf in the guiding light of a Blue Moon.

Loggerhead sea turtle nested on Bonita Beach

Much to the delight and surprise, Turtle Time walkers encountered this loggerhead sea turtle as she was finishing nesting a 6:00 a.m. this morning on Bonita Beach.

A daytime turtle…so exciting!

On May 14, 2019 at 6:00pm, a very large loggerhead sea turtle came ashore on Bonita Beach to nest in daylight...a wonderful opportunity to observe these marvelous marine animals as the construct ...
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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.