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In protecting a species from extinction, it is important to also protect their 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.

Please report dead or injured sea turtles or if you accidentally hook a sea turtle and the turtle is small enough to reel in, call the Florida Marine Patrol (1-800-DIAL-FMP) immediately, or contact Turtle Time, Inc. at 239-481-5566.

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

All photos courtesy of Turtle Time Inc.