Fast Facts: Sea Turtle Hatchlings & Lighting
Many beachside residents in the United States are required, by law, to turn off their lights during nesting season.
Beachside residents can utilize red or amber bulbs in ocean-facing fixtures which diminish impacts to sea turtles as they cannot see the color red.
Scientists believe that hatchlings need to follow reflected moonlight and starlight to find the sea.
If human light pollution dims nature's beacon, the hatchlings become disoriented and won't reach the safety of the ocean.
Nesting Activity as of October 20, 2017
|Loggerheads: 515||Greens: 40||Kemp's Ridley: 1||Leatherbacks: 2||Total: 558|
|Loggerheads: 109||Greens: 8||Kemp's Ridley: 1||Leatherbacks: 5||Total: 123|
|Matanzas Inlet South|
|Loggerheads: 17||Greens: 1||Kemp's Ridley: 0||Leatherbacks: 1||Total: 19|
|Reported Nests Evaluated: 433|
|Hatchlings Reported Emerged: 38,206|
Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.