Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting and Hatching Season is upon us once again on Fort Myers Beach. Here are some facts about our little friends and also some helpful information to keep the turtles happy, healthy and alive.
Nesting and hatching season is from May 1st to October 31st. This is an very delicate time for these Sea Turtles. We want visitors and locals to enjoy the beach, sun, sand and surf during this summer as well as remembering to watch out for nesting areas that are along our dunes which are also homes to many other coastal wildlife.
Here are a few things you can do to help:
- Turn off balcony lights
- Close drapes or blinds after dark
- Do not use flashlights, torches, lanterns or flash photography
- Remove all beach furniture, boats, toys, tents, ect. from beach by 9PM. (store close to your home)
- It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings or their nests
Some Fun Loggerhead Sea Turtle Facts:
- Loggerhead turtles are classified as a "threatened" species
- Adult Loggerheads can grow up to three feet long and weigh 200-350 pounds
- They travel thousands of miles from their feeding grounds to their natal nesting beaches using the Earth's magnetic field to find their way
- A female may nest from 1 to 7 times a season
- The incubation period lasts 55 to 65 days depending on the temperature of the sand
- Hatchlings are only about 2 inches long
- It may take up to 30 years for a hatchling to reach full maturity
For more information on Loggerhead Sea Turtles: www.myfwc.com/research/wildlife/seaturtles/nesting
We appreciate everyone's cooperation during the turtle nesting season and all year in helping protect all the beautiful wildlife that Fort Myers Beach has to offer.
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