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What Is the Big Deal About World Sea Turtle Day?

What Is the Big Deal About World Sea Turtle Day

Did you know that June 16th is World Sea Turtle Day (not to be confused with World Turtle Day which falls a month earlier on May 23rd)? It is! There are so many reasons to celebrate these fascinating aquatic reptiles. But wait, there’s more. 
So what’s the big deal about World Sea Turtle Day here on the Gulf Coast of Florida? We’re really glad you asked. It’s not just about celebrating them; it’s also about learning how to protect, preserve and assist with the survival of the seven species of sea turtles here on Indian Rocks and Indian Shores beach, as well as across the globe. Here are a few of the many reasons why it’s important to us.


1. World Sea Turtle Day honors some of the Earth’s oldest inhabitants.

These beautiful reptiles have nested on our beaches for millions of years. Six of the seven species of sea turtles are found in the United States. They are:

  • Loggerhead
  • Green
  • Leatherback
  • Hawksbill
  • Olive ridley
  • Kemp’s ridley
Primarily, we encounter loggerheads nesting on our Gulf Coast beaches but on rare occasions have encountered Kemp’s ridleys or green sea turtles. The local sea turtle monitoring program reports annual nesting data to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Pinellas County. To the FWC, they report false crawls, disorientation events, obstruction events, predation and vandalism. To the county, they also include weekly escarpment surveys, lighting surveys and weather data.

Baby Sea Turtles 

2. World Sea Turtle Day brings attention on how to help sea turtles survive & thrive. 

You can help these determined sea turtle mothers and young voyagers improve their chance of survival. During nesting season, you can make a big difference for sea turtles by doing the following.
Turn Lights Out
Turn out unnecessary beach lights to help prevent disorientation of female sea turtles and hatchlings. Close the curtains and/or blinds in your Gulf Beach vacation rental and be mindful of bright lights shining on the beach. Keep it dark!
Remove Obstacles
Knock down sand castles and fill in sand pits.  This helps to eliminate the challenges the baby hatchlings must cross on their way to the shoreline. Sand pits can be like the Grand Canyon and sand castles like Mount Everest to tiny baby sea turtles. Clear the way!
Keep the Beach Clean
Picking up trash eliminates items that both hatchlings and adults may become entangled in. Something as small as a bottle top or as large as unwanted beach furniture can pose potential problems, leading to both false crawls and disorientation. Keep it clean!


Interested in another way that you can help Florida Gulf Coast sea turtles? Consider donating sea turtle supplies needed and used by the Aquarium.


»Donate to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Wish List«


3. Learn the local impacts of World Sea Turtle Day.

About 25,000 loggerheads nest in the southeast U.S. each year. The majority of nesting in the southeast U.S. takes place along beaches from North Carolina to Florida. Sea turtle nesting season extends from May 1 through Oct. 31. Beginning April 1, Clearwater Marine Aquarium patrols a 26 mile stretch of beach throughout Pinellas County.

»Check out how the Florida Marine Aquarium in Clearwater helps protect and preserve our local Gulf Coast sea turtle population«
»Learn more about Sea Turtle Nesting and Hatching Season on Florida’s Gulf Coast at the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa«


Sea Turtle 

4. Become a sea turtle expert on World Sea Turtle Day.

Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more you can share your knowledge with others and help spread the word about how best to take care of sea turtles from Indian Rocks and Indian Shores beaches and beyond. Everybody can do something! 

Our previous Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty sea turtle posts can help. Read up on everything you need to know about sea turtles on Florida’s Gulf Coast and then commit to making a difference. Tell your friends!

»Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins May 1 on Florida’s Gulf Coast«

»All You Need to Know About Sea Turtle Nesting Season on the Gulf Coast«
»Save the Sea Turtles«
»Test Your Sea Turtle IQ with this Quiz!«



Will you commit to doing one thing right now to make a big difference in the life of a sea turtle? Thank you in advance!

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