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First sea turtle nest of season spotted on Longboat Key
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First sea turtle nest of season spotted on Longboat Key

Sarasota, Florida - Time to keep an eye out and help nesting sea turtles. The first nest of 2013 was discovered Tuesday on the Sarasota end of Longboat Key.

The eggs were laid by a loggerhead. Although a threatened species, loggerheads are the most common species found on local beaches.

Hundreds of volunteers help Mote Marine Laboratory keep track of nesting along 35 miles of local beaches from Longboat Key through Venice. Mote has been monitoring nesting for more than three decades.

Lights from waterfront properties can disorient nesting female turtles and their young. Residents and visitors should shield or turn off lights visible from the beach during nesting season, which runs through October 31st.

Mote provides these turtle-friendly tips for the public:

Do:

  • If you encounter a nesting turtle or hatchlings, remain quiet and observe from a distance
  • Shield or turn off outdoor lights that are visible on the beach from May through October
  • Close drapes after dark and put beach furniture far back from the water
  • Fill in holes that may entrap hatchlings on their way to the water

Do Not:

  • Approach nesting turtles or hatchlings, make noise, or shine lights at turtles
  • Use flashlights or fishing lamps on the beach
  • Encourage a turtle to move while nesting or pick up hatchlings that have emerged and are heading for the water
  • Use fireworks on the beach
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