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May through September many nesting sea turtles travel to Florida's Coast to feed and nest, or lay eggs

When the female sea turtle is not nesting, she may travel hundreds or even thousands of miles

The loggerhead sea turtle is the most common nesting turtle in Florida

Female loggerhead turtles return to the same beach where they hatched to lay eggs

Loggerhead sea turtles can survive up to 70 years or more

Hatchlings use the moon's reflection on the water as the light that guides them to sea

You can help sea turtles survive!

Quietly observe a nesting turtle from a distance.

If you see a turtle on the beach, do not shine any lights on or around her -- she may abandon her effort to nest. No flash photography. Stay behind the turtle so that she cannot see you.

Do not harass a turtle by touching her or prodding her to move. Stay out of the way as she crawls back to the water.

Shut off or shield lights that are visible from the beach. Close drapes or blinds after dark. Avoid using flashlights or fishing lanterns on the beach. Fires are not permitted. Lee County has a Sea Turtle Conservation Code which is enforced. For more information, please contact the Front Desk.

Leave sea turtle nest identification markers in place on the beach.

Leave nest sites undisturbed. If you find a hatchling wandering in daylight, place it on moist sand in a dry container, shade it and call Turtle Time, Inc. immediately: 239-481-5566.

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