From May 1 to October 31, area beaches host an unusual marine visitor – the sea turtle. These magnificent animals emerge from the surf at nigh to lay their eggs in nests dug into the dry sand, then return to the sea. Two months later, about a hundred baby turtles, or hatchlings, emerge from each of these nests and crawl to the ocean.

Here are some tips to protect the beach environment:

  • Don’t disturb a turtle that is crawling to or from the ocean or laying eggs. Watch from a distance.
  • Avoid shining lights on the beach at night as this may frighten away nesting females and interfering with the baby turtles’ ability to find the sea.
  • Avoid walking or cycling in places posted as nesting areas.
  • Immediately report any injured or dead sea turtle to the nearest Volusia County Beach Service employee.
  • Do not disturb markers or protective screening over turtle nests. These nests are being studied and protected.
  • Avoid walking on the dunes along the beach.
  • Don’t disturb nesting sea birds.
  • Don’t litter. Cigarette butts, fishing line and other trash can be harmful to animals and birds along the beach.

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