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Turtle Season is March 1 - October 31

Just a reminder that turtle season in our area begins March 1st and runs through October 31st. Here is how you can help turtles during nesting season:
  • Do not disturb sea turtles, nests, or eggs - it's the law!
  • Turn off coastal lights (even flashlights and phones) while on the beach at night.
  • If you live inland, turn off lights when not needed (your light is called sky glow and it can travel for miles).
  • If you encounter a nesting turtle, keep lights off, remain still, and keep your distance.
  • Be careful at the beach, not all nests are marked and eggs are only 1 - 3 feet below the surface.
  • Do not disturb nest markers  - organizations monitor sea turtles.
  • Reduce litter and marine debris - especially fishing line and plastic.
  • Keep pets away from nesting females, nests, and hatchlings.
  • Be mindful on the water, sea turtles swim offshore and inshore waters all year long, frequently surfacing to breathe and thus are susceptable to boat strikes.
  • Report all dead, injured, or stranded sea turtles or harassment of adults, hatchlings, or nests to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).
For more information, please visit: https://discover.pbcgov.org/erm/Pages/Sea-Turtle.aspx
Source: Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management 7/2020
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