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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! You can find certified Amber LED dealers at www.myfwc.com. 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

2019 Nest Data

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

Turtle Talk Blog

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Junior Girl Scouts Troop 2055 earns Bronze Award for sea turtle project

Congratulations to the fourth and fifth grade Junior Girl Scouts Troop 2055 for earning a Bronze Award for their project about sea turtles!  Under the guidance of Gina Pabalan and Jignasha Jani, ...

Loggerhead turtle’s journey tracked 37,000km from Cape Town in South Africa to Australia

An 180 kilogram turtled named Yoshi has excited scientists, who tracked her remarkable journey halfway around the world after she was released from 20 years in captivity. It's believed the loggerhead turtle ...

One of these is not like the other…

For the first time ever, we have documented multiple green nests on Bonita Beach and one on Fort Myers Beach. The larger hatchling is the green (Chelonia mydas). The other two are ...
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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.