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​​In protecting a species from extinction, it is important to also protect its habitat. For sea turtles, that means not only protecting the oceans but also the beaches where they nest.

Motorized vehicles and open fires are not allowed on the beach during the sea turtle nesting season.
 
Beach furniture and other equipment left on the beach may prevent turtles from reaching a suitable nesting location. Sea turtles may even become entangled in beach clutter.
 
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picture of beach clutter
To report dead or injured sea turtles, or if you have accidentally hooked a sea turtle that is small enough to rescue, contact: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-FWCC, or call Turtle Time, Inc. at 239-481-5566 immediately.​

 

Please dispose of monofilament fishing line properly. Many marine animals die because they become entangled in carelessly discarded monofilament line.

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All photos courtesy of Turtle Time, Inc.