Nesting Sea Turtles Guidelines Updated – The Dos and Don’ts of Interacting with Testudines

Sea Turtles

A Florida conservationist society just updated its guidelines regarding the upcoming sea turtles nesting season.

As the turtles’ nesting season draws closer, a Florida conservationist group updated its nesting sea turtles’ guidelines. With the new set of rules, the group intends of educating tourists and regular beachgoers about the proper way to interact with the gentle sea creatures. A spokesperson acting on behalf of the conservationist group declared that the update nesting rulebook was designed to give the turtles some breathing space and to minimize any damage associated with human tampering.

Sharing the Beach with Sea Turtles

According to a Florida wildlife representative, the turtles’ nesting seasons debuts at the beginning of March. During this time, the clumsy-looking marine creatures will leave the nurturing womb of the sea and will head towards the shore. There, among the fine grains of sand, they will begin laying eggs.

The wildlife specialists stated that this is an event paramount significant in the life of a turtle. That’s why it’s important to know what to do in order to give the turtles a fighting chance. The Florida conservationist society declared that all guidelines are based on common sense and quite easy to follow.

So, what’s a rule of thumb when it comes to interacting with turtles? Mind your business and leave them be during this season. Another important aspect to keep in mind when heading to the beach is remembering to clean up afterward. Since turtles are curious creatures, they will literally eat anything they find near their nesting grounds, plastic bags included.

If you’re the owner of a boat rental, it would be best to put your equipment in storage at the end of the day, so you don’t obstruct the turtles’ path towards their nests. Beach owners are also advised to pack up any chairs and canopies.

Other Tips

As for tourists and regular beachgoers, the Florida conservationist society said that it would be for the best to refrain from digging up any holes in the sands. Furthermore, tourists have also been asked to cover up any hole dug during the day as not to leave any nests exposed.

And last, but not least, the tourists are expressively forbidden from digging up any mounds created by turtles. Apart from these simple rules, the Florida Wildlife Department stated that tourist should keep interaction to a minimum, and to report any disturbances to the nearest representative.

With this in mind, there will be no danger of impeding nature from taking its course.

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Carol Harper began her career as a screenwriter before turning to journalism. Before earning her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Creative Writing, Carol travelled across Europe and Asia to find both herself and inspiration. She enjoys covering health & science topics.