Sea Turtles

Loggerhead turtle

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About Sea Turtles

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Loggerhead turtle

Did you know that sea turtles live around Anna Maria Island?  There are actually five species of sea turtle that live here, but the most common is the Loggerhead.  You can see them during the sea turtle season, from May to October each year.  They are a very important part of our area's ecosystem.  Sea turtles graze on sea grass, control sponge distribution, feast on jellyfish, transport nutrients and support other marine life.  Wow, that is a lot of work for a sea turtle to do!

 

Because sea turtles are so important to us, we have laws to protect them.  We want to take good care of our sea turtle friends who share their habitat with us.  When visiting our beaches, keep these laws in mind:

 

  • It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchings, or their nests.  Both state and federal laws protect them.
  • Do not use flashlights or flash on a camera while you are on the beach at night.
  • If you live on or near the beach, turn off outside patio lights or shield indoor lights from shining directly on the beach at night.  Lights can disturb adult sea turtles and their hatchlings.
  • While enjoying our beautiful beaches during the daytime, do not disturb marked nests and please remember to take your trash with you when you leave.  It is also important not to leave behind any beach toys, furniture, or sun tents.  No beach items are to be left on the beach after the sunset.
  • When you are crossing a dune, be sure to use crossovers and walkways.
  • Do not climb over the dunes or disturb the plants on the dunes.

 

Turtle Trivia

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  • 80% of Loggerhead turtles in the United States live on Florida beaches.
  • Sea turtles have been in existence for one hundred million years!
  • Sea turtles can see great when they are under the water, but they are near-sighted when they come out of the water.
  • Sea turtles have very strong jaws which they use to crush their food. They eat other water creatures, such as crabs, shrimp, mussels and jelly fish.
  • There's no place like home - Turtles can migrate thousands of miles, but usually come back to the same beach they were born to lay their eggs!