Lights out for sea turtle nesting season

By Lindsay Cohen bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

JUNO BEACH, FL (WFLX) - It's lights out along our coast. The darkness is necessary to protect sea turtles nesting on our local beaches.

Turtle nesting season officially began March 1 and goes through October 31. Officials are warning people about the "lights out" policy.

Bright lights on local beaches - whether they are from cars, cameras or overhead lights - distract sea turtles. The animals, then, end up disorienting themselves and heading towards the brightest lights. Therefore, they can't find the ocean. Many times, that causes the creatures to become dehydrated, exhausted and at risk for prey.

Many Florida cities and counties have lighting ordinances to prevent this.

If you are near the beach, make sure you use low lighting, yellow lights or simply turn your lights off.

The general rule of thumb, as officials say, "When in doubt, turn those lights out".