It’s that time again for our sea turtle friends to nest! Sea turtle nesting season is from March through October, so you might encounter eggs along beach areas or even see a female laying eggs during your next visit to Sea Shells Beach Club.
In addition, Sea Shells Beach Club is taking the lights down to help our deep sea friends have a more successful season. That means the resort will turn off all lights visible from the ocean front, including tiki torches, from May 15 through October 31.
This will create limited lighting on and around the pool deck and on walkways on the ocean side of the property, so guests should be careful when walking in these areas at night. The resort will provide flashlights to guests for nighttime walks.
The reason for all this is lights discourage females from nesting. If a female fails to nest, she will resort to less-than-optimal nesting spots or deposit her eggs in the ocean. This greatly reduces the survival outlook for hatchlings, which is unfortunately slim already.
Lighting near the shore also can cause hatchlings to become disoriented and wander inland, where they often die of dehydration or are harmed by predators.
Volusia County developed a Beach Lighting Management Plan and is working with oceanfront property owners to reduce lighting problems along beaches. The lighting ordinance applies until the end of the season on Oct. 31.
Always remember, sea turtles are endangered and it is illegal to touch them or their eggs! If you ever see a stranded turtle (or other marine life) or need to report an issue, you can call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC or text *FWC from your cell phone.
If you’re visiting Sea Shells Beach Club during nesting season, grab your flashlight and also enjoy some sea turtle spotting during nighttime beach walks (but don’t touch!).
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