VIDEO: Leatherback Sea Turtles Begin To Come Ashore On Brevard’s Beaches
By Space Coast Daily // April 27, 2016
nesting season lasts until october 31st
ABOVE VIDEO: An educational video by ‘SEE Turtles’ about the nesting process of sea turtles. (SEE Turtles video)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As you may be well aware, sea turtle early nesting season officially began March 1.
As Leatherback sea turtles begin to come ashore in March to lay their eggs, and the beach-lighting restrictions begin May 1.
To prevent sea turtle hatchling disorientation, port tenants are reminded that all indoor and exterior lights that are not safety or security essential should be extinguished between approximately 9 p.m. (sunset) and 6 a.m. (sunrise) during the season, which lasts through October 31.
Lights that are visible from the beach should be shielded, repositioned, replaced, or turned off during this time period.
Thousands of endangered and threatened sea turtles nest on Brevard County’s beaches each year.
Toward the end of June, hatchlings begin to emerge from their nests and orient themselves toward the brightest visible horizon in an attempt to find the sea.
Lights from structures or facilities that shine or reflect onto the beach disrupt this instinctive process and can disorient the hatchlings, causing them to crawl toward artificial light sources instead of toward the sea.
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