According to wildlife experts, March marks the beginning of sea turtles nesting season in Florida. During this time, the creatures swim onto the beaches to dig nests and lay their eggs in the sand. However, because human activity drastically reduced the marine creature’s numbers in recent years, Florida conservationists issued a set of instructions to help them lay their eggs and return to the sea safely. Currently, almost all species of sea turtles are threatened with extinction because of the mass slaughtering for their meat, shells, eggs, and skin.
In order to help the marine creatures dig nests and lay their eggs, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials recommend beachgoers to remove boats, canopies, and beach furniture from the sand at night to allow sea turtles to find a spot to nest.
Furthermore, conservationists instruct tourists and residents to fill up any holes in the sand before heading home at the end of the day so that hatching or nesting turtles won’t get trapped. Also, the beachgoers are advised against digging up holes in the sand that could disturb nests already covered by the sea turtles.
Moreover, in the event a person spots a nesting turtle, he or she should not get too close to either the mother or her hatchlings. Also, the wildlife experts urge Florida residents and visitors alike to be mindful of the hatchlings heading for the sea at all times. Taking flash photos or shining lights of nesting sea turtles is also forbidden. Ultimately, people should not leave any waste behind. this is because turtles can mistake garbage for food and attempt to consume it, which could lead to severe injury and even death, environmentalists say.
Once the nesting season starts, volunteers who possess a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission authorized marine turtle permit walk the beaches every morning to check for signs of sea turtles that have already laid their eggs.
According to the wildlife experts, the nesting season can start at different times, depending on the area sea turtles pop up in. Hence, on the Gulf Coast, the nesting season begins in late spring, April or May, while on the Atlantic Coast, March is the best time for turtles laying their eggs, experts say.
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