Sea Turtle Nesting

Florida's Space Coast is a top spot for sea turtle nesting. In fact, 90 percent of all loggerhead nesting occurs in Florida, and a huge majority of this nesting takes place here on Florida's Space Coast. Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1 and ends October 31. 

 

Turtle Tips for Beachgoers

While visiting Florida's Space Coast, it's likely you will see an actual loggerhead nest. In years past, it's estimated that more than 20,000 nests were located on our 72 miles of coastline.

Please remember a few simple things to help project these magnificent creatures and their habitat:

  • Do not disturb: Refrain from touching nesting sea turtles, hatchlings or their nests.
  • Do not dig holes: Sea turtles can get easily stuck in man-made holes. If you dig one, please fill it back in. 
  • Tear down your sand castles: Sea turtles can get trapped behind them and other obstacles on the sand.
  • Keep the beach dark: Only use amber colored lights/flashlights. If you're staying in a hotel, close the blinds and turn off the lights when you leave.
  • Use designated walkways: Use beach crosswalks and do not climb on the dunes.
  • Keep the beach clean: Dispose of trash properly, including cigarette butts and straws. Leave only your footprints behind.

 

I've Found a Baby Sea Turtle! What Should I Do?

  • Do not put it in water or air conditioning.
  • Do not remove it from the beach.
  • Put it in a container on damp cloth/paper, and cover it with a damp cloth. Do not put it in water.
  • Call the Hotline (321) 206-0646 for further instructions.

If You Find an Exposed Nest: 

  • Call (321) 676-1701 and give the condition of the turtle, its location (street address), and your name. 
  • Do not attempt to collect the eggs yourself. Disturbing the nest or eggs could kill the hatchlings.

Sea Turtle Walks on Florida's Space Coast

Seeing a sea turtle nesting is a great experience for all ages. With more than 15,000 to 20,000 sea turtle nests found on the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge’s beaches, it is important to protect sea turtle nests. The Sea Turtle Preservation Society conducts turtle walks during June and July. Walks start at 9 p.m. and can go as long as 1 a.m. It's possible that you may walk up to a half a mile each way in soft sand. The minimum age is 7-years-old, and reservations are required. For more information on booking a tour, click here

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