Friday, March 22, 2013

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins In Brevard

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida -- Sea turtle nesting season has begun in Brevard County and will be in effect through Oct. 31.

Leatherback sea turtles, begin to come ashore in March and lay their eggs.  Leatherbacks, the largest living turtles, are typically six to eight feet in length and weigh approximately 1,200 to 1,500 pounds. They are the rarest of the three sea turtle species that nest in Brevard County, and are listed as an endangered species.

Brevard County residents and visitors are reminded to shield or turn off beachside lights, limit beach walking at night, avoid using flashlights or flash photography on the beach, and stay away from nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or sea turtle nests.  Lights that shine or reflect onto the beach disrupt the instinctive nesting process. 

While Brevard County and its municipalities have local lighting ordinances to protect sea turtles, the ordinances do not take effect until May 1 when Loggerhead sea turtles begin to nest in large numbers. Green sea turtles follow shortly thereafter with thousands of nests by the end of the season.

For more information about sea turtles or alternative lighting solutions, call the Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department at (321) 633-2016 ext. 52431


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