Can you 'dig' it?
Sea Turtles have used our beaches to dig their nests and lay their eggs for longer than humans have walked the earth. This ancient process is both beautiful and vital to healthy ecosystems and turtle populations. The nesting season is from March to November: The first half, and especially May to July is when turtles make thier nests. The second half especially September and October is when the nests hatch. If you see one of these nests, have a look, but don't disturb or step on it. We love our Sea Turtles.
A.K.A. The Buffet
The reef is not only a shelter for juvenile Sea Turtles, it is a feeding ground. In this vital stage of their life cycle they eat more than just sea weed, and the reef habitat creates a vital source of nourishment so that they can grow and be able to survive life in the open waters of the ocean.
Do not disturb!
During Turtle Nesting Season it is illegal to have lights on our beach which can cause sea turtles to become disoriented in their nesting and hatching. This dynamic is one of the very best things about our beach, because it helps keep it peaceful and natural at night. For a complete list of regulations protecting our Sea Turtles visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife website here:
FWC Sea Turtle Page
Sea Turtle Preservation Society
Located on Our Barrier Island, this group of volunteers, activists, scientists, and Sea Turtle Enthusiasts are the largest locally engaged group in educating people about Sea Turtles, their habitat and behaviors, and the conservation efforts to keep them safe. They do turtle walks, turtles rescues, and are among the most active groups when it comes to protecting our beach from anything that can be a harm to turtle nesting and survival.