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Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Saturday, June 21st, 2008 at 8:07pm.

Sea TurtleWhile were only six weeks into the turtle nesting time (May, 1 to October, 31) here in Southwest Florida, the 2008 season is off to a good start. As of last weekend, there were 194 known nests on the beaches in Lee and Collier counties. That's up from 131 at the same time last year. In 2007, scientists only found a total of 28,500 nests on 19 surveyed beaches in Florida, down from almost 50,000 in 2006. With overall sea turtle populations down its good to see we may not have a repeat of last year. And, while many factors can influence any one particular season, this year's start is encouraging for both scientists and nesting volunteers alike.

And remember; if you live near the beaches be sure to turn your outside lights off at night. A good rule of thumb is if you can stand in the light and cast a shadow, then you should turn the light off. It is also important to clear your beach area of any furniture or toys to prevent potential hazards. Sea turtles can become entangled in such items and often drag them back into the water and drown. So, be sure to do your part and help protect these beautiful and wonderful creatures.

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1 Response to "Sea Turtle Nesting Season"

Amanda wrote:
Sea turtles are really extraordinary creatures and we should all do our best to protect them, along with other endangered species.

Amanda

Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2008 at 4:46pm.



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