Monday, 30 April 2007 01:00
Sea TurtlesWritten by WGCU Newsroom
Sea turtle nesting season starts Tuesday residents and visitors are asked to remember to share the beaches. To protect nesting turtles homes and businesses along the beach are required to dim their lights. In the past Turtles coming ashore to nest were scared away by too many lights – and hatchlings were confused – moving toward streetlights – rather than moonlight over the water. Eve Haverfield is with Turtle Time – she shares the same message every spring.
“People living along the beach and people visiting the beach need to share the beach…we can be turtle friendly and still have all the amenities that beaches provide. But people do need to know that they share this particular habitat with sea turtles that depend on this for their survival.”
Leatherbacks, Kemp’s ridley, Green and hawksbill are all endangered turtles. The most common turtle on Florida’s shores, the Loggerheads, are threatened. Sea turtle nesting season continues through end of October.