It’s sea turtle nesting season again! Each summer, threatened and endangered marine turtles nest along our beaches. Two months later, tiny turtle hatchlings emerge from their sandy nests and quickly race to the sea, using the seaward horizon as their guiding light. Sadly, artificial light visible from the beach lures the sea turtles inland, away from the water. Thousands of sea turtles die needlessly every year because of lights along beaches that were not turned off or properly shielded.
What can you do to help? While vacationing in Fort Myers Beach during May 1 through October 31, from 9:00 p.m. To 7:00 a.m.:
– shield all sources of light visible from the beach
– use 25 watt yellow bug lights or amber colored LED lights
– close blinds or curtains after dark, preventing light from spilling out toward the beach
– remove all beach furniture and equipment from the beach each night
Thank you for your help in ensuring the continued survival of our threatened and endangered sea turtles.