Tampa Bay Today With Shriner

BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: A green turtle is held as marine turtle specialists prepare to release the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles.

Too Many Baby Sea Turtles Not Making Successful Journey. I don’t check the Turtle Nests but watch those who do almost daily as well. Why? I love the beach. The good news for Turtles, there are a ton of nests stretching from Sarasota to Clearwater beaches. The bad news, Mote Marine has recorded more than 300 disorientations so far this nesting season. That’s more than the 250 reported last year during entire season. Not good. What’s going wrong? Artificial light is the culprit. Homeowners and businesses along the beach, please remember to turn your lights OFF at night. The baby sea turtles move toward what is supposed to be light on the horizon, meaning – the water. With all this other artificial light, intentional or not, they go the wrong way. [Source NewsChannel8]