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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! 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

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

Nest Data

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

Turtle Talk Blog


Turtle Nesting Season Ends

By Gary Mooney Fort Myers Beach Nests Down; Hatchlings Up One of the 2018 turtle hatchlings on Fort Myers Beach. Photo by Eve Haverfield of Turtle Time, Inc. “In 2016, our four ...

Coastal squeeze presents threats to sea turtles

By Dinah Voyles Pulver Guided by an ancient instinct that isn’t fully understood, sea turtles visit Florida’s sandy beaches in droves each year between May and October to lay their eggs, making ...

BBC Natures Turtle Nursery Secrets from the Nest

This is a wonderful documentary filmed for the BBC about Olive Ridley nests in Ostional, Costa Rica.

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.