There are just a few rules to follow to ensure islanders,visitors and sea turtles can live together in harmony! • No beach furniture, tents or shelters, beach toys or towels left on the beach, please. Turtles cannot back up; they can only go forward. These things will trap turtles. • All holes dug on the beach should be filled in before you leave. Turtles, particularly baby turtles, can become trapped. • Do not touch a turtle nest. Do not let dogs roam free on the beach, because they may root around in the nests or eat hatchlings. • Turn off all beach-facing lights in your home or in your yard. Lights at night can be mistaken for the moon by turtles and they become disoriented. • To report a dead or debilitated sea turtle call (888) 404-FWCC (3922). SEA TURTLES • DID YOU KNOW ... On average each nest contains about 100 eggs Gasparilla Island averages 500-700 nests per year Only one in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood The Boca Grande Sea Turtle Patrol Association, needs your help! If you can spend from one to seven mornings a week walking a zone, please contact them on their Facebook page, “Boca Grande Sea Turtle Association.” May through November we share our beaches with these special creatures ... please be kind!
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