Turtle Season is March 1 - October 31
- 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).
Source: Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management 7/2020