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Lights Out for Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Lights Out for Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- Coastal residents are being asked to keep ther outdoor lights dim or off during the annual sea turtle nesting season.

The season begins May 1st and runs through the end of October.

"If you live near the beach, make sure you shut off or dim your lights at night," according to Heather Parsons of the city of Clearwater. "This precaution can reduce the amount of artificial light that reaches turtle nests and will help hatchlings reach the water safely."

Atrificial light can confuse the hatchlings, which head toward the sea by following natural light reflected by the water.

If you see a turtle nest on the beach, do not disturb it. If it is unmarked, call the Clearwater Marine Aquarium at (727) 441-1790.

Typically, the Tampa Bay area averages about 120 nests each season. Each nest can contain an average of 100 to 110 eggs.


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