Sea Turtle Conservation
Sea turtles spend most of their lives at sea, but each year, beginning in May, the females crawl ashore in the darkness of night on local beaches, including Fort Myers Beach, to dig a nest and lay their eggs. Also at night, several weeks later, the hatchlings burst from their nest and immediately scramble toward the water. Moving quickly from their nest to sea is critical for their survival.
For a printable brochure containing sea turtle protection information, click here.
In protecting a species from extinction, it is also important to protect their habitat. For sea turtles that means not only protecting the oceans but also the beaches where they nest. Beach furniture and other equipment left on the beach may prevent turtles from reaching a suitable nesting location. Sea turtles may even become entangled in beach clutter.
The Town of Fort Myers Beach prohibits keeping beach furniture in sea turtle nesting habitat from May 1st to October 31st (L.D.C. 14-5).
Please dispose of monofilament fishing line properly. Many marine animals die because they become entangled in carelessly discarded monofilament line.
For other questions concerning the conservation of sea turtles, sea turtle brochures and other education material for your own information and for your guests please contact Turtle Time, Inc.
Please report dead or injured sea turtles or if you accidentally hook a sea turtle and the turtle is small enough to reel in, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (1-888-404-FWCC (3922)) immediately, or contact Turtle Time, Inc. at 239-481-5566.
All photos courtesy of Turtle Time, Inc.