Turtle Tracks

Fast Facts: Sea Turtle Hatchlings & Lighting

Many beachside residents in the United States are required, by law, to turn off their lights during nesting season.

Beachside residents can utilize red or amber bulbs in ocean-facing fixtures which diminish impacts to sea turtles as they cannot see the color red.

Scientists believe that hatchlings need to follow reflected moonlight and starlight to find the sea.

If human light pollution dims nature's beacon, the hatchlings become disoriented and won't reach the safety of the ocean.


Nesting Activity as of October 27, 2017
North Beaches
Loggerheads: 515 Greens: 40 Kemp's Ridley: 1 Leatherbacks: 2 Total: 558
Anastasia Island
Loggerheads: 109 Greens: 8 Kemp's Ridley: 1 Leatherbacks: 5 Total: 123
Matanzas Inlet South
Loggerheads: 17 Greens: 1 Kemp's Ridley: 0 Leatherbacks: 1 Total: 19
Total: 700
Reported Nests Evaluated:  433  
Hatchlings Reported Emerged:  38,206  

Remember: Leave only your footprints in the sand.