Living by the coast in Florida has a lot of benefits but the one we love the best in the summer months are the Sea Turtles. Our amphibious local friends come back to nest on the local beaches year after year.
We share our beaches with nesting females and their newborn Sea Turtles from May through October Annually. The Bradenton Herald recently reported that the first mother turtle quietly came ashore to check out the area looking for the best real estate to lay her eggs this year.
Sea Turtles come back year after year to the same nesting area and when the babies are big enough to nest they find their way back to the same spot they were born, just amazing!
During the summer guest should be vigilent not to leave any trash on the beaches to entangle or block the young turtles as they head to the sea, watch out for turtles on the roads as you drive around the island as sometime they can stray off course.
Equally as important as keeping the beaches free of trash or debris that could inhibit the Sea Turtles path is turning off lights. A light from the street or vacation rental along the Gulf of Mexico can confuse hatching turtles as they attempt to make their journey into the Gulf of Mexico and start their lives.
To learn more about turtles and to help participate in helping rescue trapped hatchlings or count egg shells, you can go to the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch website. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is a local organization dedicated to preserving the Sea Turtles population’s native habitat. Through diligent monitoring of our beaches, erecting small fences around new nests and increasing awareness on how best to coexist with our salt water friends Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is an invaluable community asset.