The Darker the Beach, The Brighter their Future
Every year hundreds of sea turtle nests are laid on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva. Sea turtle hatchlings emerge after dark, using the light of the night sky over the sea to navigate to the water. Artificial light causes hatchlings to crawl away from the water and toward the light sources. Each year thousands of hatchlings die in Florida due to lighting along beaches.
Until Sea Turtle Season concludes on October 31st, we ask for your help in keeping our beaches sea turtle friendly:
- Close curtains or blinds after dark.
- Remove all beach furniture after 9 p.m.
- Fill in holes after your day at the beach.
- Turn off or shield ALL lights visible from the beach.
- No flash photography or cell phone lights after dark.
- Avoid using flashlights and NEVER shine them on a nesting turtle of hatchlings.