Turtle tips

A Loggerhead sea turtle returning to the sea after being successfully rehabilitated at the Marine Science Center.

Please help us protect endangered sea turtles that frequent our beaches. Follow these tips to help nesting sea turtles, other animals, and people safely use the beach.

  • Remove tents, volleyball nets and other beach furniture and fill large holes before you leave the beach.

  • Don't disturb a turtle that is crawling to or from the ocean or laying eggs. Watch from a distance of at least 30 feet away, keep lights and flash photography off and speak quietly.

  • Never shine lights on sea turtle nests, hatchlings, or adult turtles.  Flashlight and lantern use is discouraged; however, a flashlight with a red LED bulb or a light covered with a red filter is less disruptive to sea turtles.

  • Avoid flash photography on the beach at night, and never discharge fireworks, which are prohibited on the beach.

  • Ensure lights from your property or rental space are not visible from the beach by turning them off or shutting your curtains at night.  Lights can discourage nesting adults and disorient hatchlings ability to find the sea.

  • Avoid walking or cycling over marked nests or unmarked turtle tracks.

  • Do not disturb markers or protective screening over turtle nests. These nests are being studied and protected.

  • Avoid walking on vegetated beach dunes by using designated beach access points.

  • Don't disturb nesting and resting shore birds.

  • Don't litter. Cigarette butts, fishing line and other trash can harm the animals and birds along the beach and is unsightly for beach visitors.

  • Please recycle paper and plastics in the yellow recycling bins.

  • If you see a sick, injured, or dead sea turtle or other animal that needs help, DO NOT attempt to put it in the water or capture it.  Please contact the nearest Beach Safety officer or lifeguard or call 1-888-404-FWCC.

Jennifer Winters
HCP Program Manager
jwinters@volusia.org
386-238-4668

Christina Phillips
Sea Turtle Lighting Specialist
csphillips@volusia.org
386-238-4773

386-736-5927

For stranded sea turtles during
business hours call Beach Safety
and option 0 for operator:
386-239-6414

For stranded sea turtles during
nights and weekends call Sheriff's
dispatch and option 1 for operator:
386-248-1777

For any other stranding call FWC:
1-888-404-3922