It's Turtle Nesting Season Along 30A's Beautiful Beaches

Posted by Jamie Conley on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 at 3:58pm.

Sea Turtle  by J Conley ImagesGreen Sea Turtles, Loggerheads along with several other species  of turtles have begun    to make their annual trek to the beautiful beaches of South Walton and 30A. Nesting season takes place in Northwest Florida each year between May and October. In early summer, female turtles begin coming onshore to build nests in the sand dunes and lay their eggs. Anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks later, the hatchling turtles will emerge from the nests.  Using the natural light reflections from the surf as a guide, the hatchlings make their way from the nests back into the gulf waters.  Sea Turtles are considered protected species.

The South Walton Turtle Watch is a local volunteer group that monitors the beaches daily during turtle nesting season. They carefully mark and keep count of turtle nests and when necessary, assist with ensuring the hatchlings make it safely from the nests back to the water.

Click here to learn more about South Walton Turtle Watch

Here's how you can do your part to help keep our 30A Beaches “Clean, Dark & Flat.”

  • Do not disturb turtle nests.
  • Do not touch turtles or hatchlings instead call WC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline: 1-888-404-3922, #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone or text
  • Fill in holes.
  • Use Turtle friendly flashlights at night.
  • Pick up all trash and debris on the beach.
  • Use Turtle friendly landscape lighting around gulf front property.
  • Turn off outside lights near the beach.

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