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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

Nest Data

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

Turtle Talk Blog


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 ...

A leatherback named “Eve”

Follow the journey of a leatherback sea turtle named "Eve" as she spends her time off the coast of Panama during nesting season. Five Turtle Time Turtlers spent a week in Panama ...

A rare Kemp’s ridley rescued and released from Fort Myers Beach

Turtle Time volunteer Jennifer Rusk holding the Kemp’s ridley Fort Myer Beach, Fla. (June 6, 2019) – A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, one of the smallest and most critically endangered of all ...

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.