Although sea turtle nesting season is officially May 1 through October 31. Mote Marine began monitoring beaches around the Sarasota area beaches, such as Siesta Key and Lido Key a couple weeks early, as they usually do. The two main types of sea turtle species that nest in our area are Green Sea Turtles, and the much more abundant Logger Head Sea Turtles.
As either permanent residents or a visitor to our lovely community, we must all be careful not to disturb the sea turtles or their nesting habits. Please read below for Siesta Key Beach Resort and Suites tips on how to make sure we do not disrupt the precious sea turtles nesting in Sarasota, Fl.
- Lights!Lights!Lights! This is key, all lights visible from the beach must be turned off when the sun goes down throughout sea turtle nesting season. (sea turtles naturally attempt to crawl towards the light of the moon, and in turn the water as soon as they hatch and emerge from their nests, and can e confused by non-natural lights, which can lead them to crawl the wrong way!)
- Do not approach sea turtle nests or hatchlings at any point while visiting the beach.
- Move any obstacles such as beach chairs, that can prevent the hatchlings from reaching the water.
- Don’t litter! Not only does litterdegrade the aesthetic quality of our beaches such as Siesta Key, but also can entangle marine life such as sea turtles.
If you see a injured sea turtle DO NOT approach it or pick it up. Please call a Mote Marine specialist at 1 (888) 345 – 2335. Please follow these tips while out at our beautiful beaches during nesting season and have a great time on siesta Key!