Turn off Beach Lights for Turtles

It is time to turn off your beach lights for the turtles on Amelia Island as turtle hatchlings find their way to the beach.

Turn off Beach Lights for Turtles

Turn off Beach Lights for Turtles

It is time to turn off your beach lights for the turtles on Amelia Island! Every July through October turtle hatchlings find their way to the beach by the moonlight’s reflection on the ocean. Artificial lights like street lights, porch lights, flash lights, and campfires confuse these little turtles and are responsible for many deaths of these hatchlings each year.

Sea turtles are protected by law and Amelia Island is home to these nesting endangered marine turtles. Three species of turtles, loggerheads, green turtles and leatherbacks have created as many as 100 nests on 12 miles of our beaches which is vital to their survival.

Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch, Inc. conducts surveys to help provide education information to the public and to protect the turtles. If you find a nest or a dead turtle you should call them at (904) 261-2697.

To learn more about the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch visit their website for more information.

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