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Clearing the way for sea turtles.

Protecting sea turtles is important year 'round - especially in Southwest Florida Southwest Florida is a region of Florida located along its gulf coast, south of the Tampa Bay area, west of Lake Okeechobee and mostly north of the Everglades. It consists of five coastal counties from Manatee County south to Collier County, although it sometimes is considered to  where turtles nest on local beaches from May 1-Oct. 31. Here are some tips you can use to help sea turtle moms and babies:


* If you encounter a nesting turtle, remain quiet and observe from a distance;

* Shield or turn off outdoor lights that are visible on the beach from May through October;

* Close drapes after dark and put beach furniture far back from the water;

* Fill in holes that may entrap hatchlings on their way to the water;

* Place trash in its proper place.


* Approach nesting turtles or hatchlings, make noise, or shine lights at turtles;

* Use flashlights or fishing lamps on the beach;

* Encourage a turtle to move while nesting or pick up hatchlings that have emerged and are heading for the water;

* Use fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.

Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to
 on the beach.

Sea turtles are protected under federal law and any harassment Ask a Lawyer

Country: United States of America
State: Nevada

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 or interference with a sea turtle, living or dead, is subject to penalty. If you witness anyone disturbing a turtle or find an injured or disoriented hatchling or adult, please notify agents with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is a Florida governmental organization created in 1999 with the purpose of regulating the environment and enforcing environmental legislation in the state of Florida.  at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922), the local sheriff's office, and/or Mote Marine Laboratory's Sea Turtle Program at 388-4331. If you find a dead or injured sea turtle, contact Mote's Stranding Investigations Program pager at 988-0212.
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Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Date:Jun 22, 2012
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