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Sea Turtle Viewing Opportunities

Where to View Sea Turtles

Turtle Walks: Hatchling Releases: Hatch Evaluations: Housing Facilities

If you want to see a sea turtle in Florida, you can attend one of the permitted public turtle walks, a public hatchling release, or a nest hatch success evaluation.  You can also visit a facility that houses or rehabilitates sea turtles.

These activities are conducted by FWC's Marine Turtle Permit Holders (MTPH). They first present an interpretive program on marine turtle biology and conservation issues at an off-beach location. For turtle walks and hatchling releases you are then lead to the beach to observe a nesting loggerhead turtle depositing eggs or observe the release of hatchlings (both activities occur at night).

Public hatch success evaluations, conducted by MTPH's, are done after the sea turtle nest has hatched. A hatch success evaluation involves the excavation and inventory of a marked nest to determine the fate of each egg. Occasionally, live hatchlings are recovered from the nest and released at a later date if deemed necessary. 

For a closer look at sea turtles, please visit one of the state-permitted facilities that house or rehabilitate sea turtles. Many facilities conduct educational tours involving captive turtles. Please note that admission fees may be charged.

 

 

Help protect sea turtles:

If you happen to see a nesting sea turtle or hatchling while you are on the beach, please keep your distance, remain quiet, keep hands and other objects off the turtles, and keep all lights off (including cell phones, flashlights, flash photography, and video equipment).

Public Sea Turtle Walks

Friends of the Carr Refuge
Barrier Island Center
Vero Beach, FL
(321) 723-3556

Canaveral National Seashore
Playalinda Beach
Apollo Center
(386) 428-3384

Disney Beach Resort
Vero Beach
Vero Beach, FL
407-WDW-TOUR

Sea Turtle Conservancy
Barrier Island Ecosystem Center
Melbourne Beach, FL
(321) 723-3556

 

Sea Turtle Preservation Society
Pelican Beach Park
Spessard Holland North
Melbourne Beach Community Center
Melbourne Beach, FL
(321) 676-1701

Sebastian Inlet State Park
McLarty Treasure Museum
Vero Beach, FL
(772) 338-2750

Stella Marris Environmental Research
Coconut Point Park
Melbourne Beach, FL
(772) 338-2750

Public Hatch Success Evaluations

Tyndall Air Force Base Sea Turtle Program
Tyndall Air Force Base, FL
(850) 282-8124

Coastal Connections
Sexton Plaza Beach
Vero Beach, FL

Friends of the Carr Refuge
Barrier Island Center
Vero Beach, FL
(321) 723-3556

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Areas
Barrier Island Center
Vero Beach, FL
(386) 517-2086

North Peninsula State Park
Flagler Beach, FL
(386) 556-4456

Sea Turtle Patrol of South Ponte Vedra Beach
South Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
(904) 349-6163

Stella Marris Environmental Research
Coconut Point Park
Melbourne Beach, FL
(772) 338-2750

Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program
Nova Marine Environmental Education Center
Carpenter House
Hollywood, FL
(954) 357-5161

Ecological Associates, Inc (EAI)
Jensen Beach
Delray Beach
(772) 334-3729

Inwater Research Group
Jensen Beach, FL
(321) 243-2211

Call Wildlife Alert if you find hatchlings in the road, a parking lot, or headed away from the water.