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Please Help Reduce Interference With Sea Turtle Nesting and Hatching Activities.

  • If you find a dead or injured sea turtle, please immediately notify the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (specific for Turtles )888-404-3922, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; or (General Info) at 1-888-330-7370.
  • If you witness a turtle crawling out of the ocean or digging a nest, remain quiet and at a distance. Movements and noises can easily frighten away a female turtle.
  • Don't use flashlights on the beach at night. Lights deter turtles attempting to nest.
  • If you live near the beach, shield lights that face seaward or turn off unnecessary lighting.
  • Never stop a turtle that is returning to the water.
  • Do not interfere with hatchlings heading for the water, this can weaken them and increase mortality. Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (1-888-330-7370) if you witness any situation that may interfere with sea turtle activities

Content updated May 7, 2015

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Local artist Phil Fisher donated the original artwork for this sign.