Sea turtle nesting season is in full swing, and it’s crucial for beachgoers to take steps to protect these incredible creatures. One important way to help is by keeping beaches dark after sunset. Turn off any unnecessary lights and cover beach-facing windows to prevent disorienting nesting turtles and hatchlings. Bright lights can confuse them, causing them to head away from the ocean, which can be dangerous.

Additionally, it’s essential to avoid using flashlights, bright cellphones, and taking flash photos on the beach at night. These lights can disorient the turtles, making it difficult for them to find their way back to the sea. By keeping the beach environment dark and free from artificial lights, we can help ensure the turtles’ safe journey to the ocean.

Before leaving the beach, make sure to clear away any obstacles such as furniture, boats, toys, and trash. Turtles can easily get trapped by these items. Don’t forget to knock down sandcastles and fill in any holes to prevent turtles from getting stuck. Always clean up after yourself to keep the beach safe and beautiful.

If you encounter any sick, injured, entangled, or deceased sea turtles, report them to FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. For more information and updates on sea turtle nesting, visit