#GulfCoastLive is on location at the @Conservancyswf today.
2018 is the start of the 36th season of the Conservancy’s Sea Turtle Monitoring and Protection Program – it started in 1982. Conservancy researchers have documented more than 284,000 hatchlings of primarily loggerhead sea turtles. Kathy Worley @ConservancySWFL Director of Environmental Science, says Luna, the loggerhead sea turtle prepping for release into the wild, will be fitted with a tag to track her whereabouts and feeding grounds.
According to the Conservancy, here’s how YOU can help protect the homes of sea turtles: • When you see marked nests, do not approach them.
• Do not touch the animals (they can find their way to the water).
• Turn off the lights at beaches during nesting season – artificial light confuses the turtles, which use the light of the moon to guide them to the Gulf.
• Slow-down in designated channel zones.
• Clean up our beaches (turtles will eat and choke on litter).
• Use reusable bags instead of plastic bags.
• Support fisheries that use turtle safe devices on their nets.
#Photos via WGCU's Rachel Iacovone. Video via WGCU's Tara Calligan.
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