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Turtle Season

In southwest Florida, sea turtle nesting season is May 1-Oct 31, but sea turtles can begin nesting (laying eggs) on local beaches as early as mid-April.

Be turtle friendly

Follow enforced lighting ordinances in your area. 

  • Stay away from sea turtle nests marked with yellow stakes and tape
  • Remain quiet and observe from a distance if you encounter a nesting sea turtle or hatchlings. Don't shine lights on turtles, encourage them to move, or pick up hatchlings.
  • Shield or turn off lights that are visible from the beach.
  • Use curtains at night to reduce interior lighting problems visible from the beach. 
  • Keep all lights off the beach, including flashlights, fireworks, and fishing lights.
  • In the evening, stack beach furniture at the dune line, or ideally, remove it from the beach.
  • Fill in holes and knock down sand castles that may trap hatchlings on their way to the water.
  • Remove your trash from the beach.
  • Keep fireworks off the beach.
  • Make sure you are aware of your local sea turtle ordinances.
  • Stay off the beach at night during sea turtle nesting season.

Please do not use flashlights, cell phones, flash photography or lanterns on the beach during nesting season. The use of artificial light could endanger them. 

For more information and how to help protecting sea turtles please check out below

Turtle Walk

Free Public Turtle Walks

If you would like to join the team from Mote Marine Laboratory on a free Longboat Key Turtle Walk, you can join them every Saturday in June and July, starting at 6:45am at the adress shown in the flyer