COCOA BEACH, Florida – As curious beachgoers walk along Brevard County beaches to view the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, they will likely come across sea turtle eggs washed up by the tropical cyclone in the seaweed wrack line.
Although many beachgoers may be tempted to gather the eggs, federal and state laws prohibit anyone without a permit from possessing sea turtle eggs.
Instead, if you see unhatched sea turtle eggs on the beach, call the Sea Turtle Preservation Society at 321-206-0646 Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at 1-888-404-3922.
“While it is hard to see the results of erosion, overwash, and inundation on sea turtle nests, please know these are natural occurrences that sea turtles are well adapted to overcome,” the Sea Turtle Preservation Society stated on its website about Hurricane Season and sea turtles.
MARCH – JULY: Leatherback sea turtles begin to come ashore from March through July to lay their eggs. Florida is the only state in the continental U.S. where leatherback sea turtles regularly nest. With the exception of a few nests on the west coast, leatherbacks nest almost exclusively on the east coast of Florida.
APRIL – SEPTEMBER: Loggerhead sea turtles typically nest in Florida from April through September. In the United States, 90 percent of all loggerhead nesting occurs in Florida. The majority of this nesting takes place on the east coast of Florida.