Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Artificial Lights

Beach front lights such as these can quickly disrupt the nesting process of sea turtles. Females crawling up on beaches to nest will be distracted by the lights, find the area unsuitable, and return to the sea in what is called a "false crawl." If they do nest in a well-lit area, the possibility that their hatchlings will emerge from the nest and accidentally crawl toward the light is greatly increased.

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FWC Facts:
Along the Florida coast, sea turtles annually make between 40,000 and 84,000 nests. Females nest every 2-3 years, laying several nests on sandy beaches.

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