Sea Turtle Lighting
Artificial lighting is currently one of the largest threats to sea turtle populations worldwide.
Nesting females look for dark beaches on which to lay their eggs. Bright lights may confuse or frighten them, causing them to abandon the beach in favor of a more suitable spot. Hatchling turtles use natural light to navigate to the ocean after leaving the nest. Mistaking artificial lights for the moon or sun, hatchlings quickly become disoriented, wandering into backyards, swimming pools, storm drains and busy roads. Hatchlings who don’t reach the safety of the ocean quickly fall victim to dehydration, predation and death.
As Florida's coastal communities grow and expand, we will need to find way to reduce our impact on local beaches. Together we can help ensure sea turtles survive for generations to come.