• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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  • Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable

    Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.

How You Can Help Protect Sea Turtles

A park employee and a volunteer dig in the sand to locate the exact position of a sea turtle nest so that the protective mesh screen can be placed in the proper place

A volunteer assists a park employee with locating a sea turtle nest so that the nest can be properly protected with a mesh screen to prevent nest predation.

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There are several simple steps you can take to promote conservation of sea turtles and their habitat

1. Remember that sandy beaches are the nesting sites for loggerheads and other sea turtles:

  • Keep beaches clean- please do not leave trash on the beaches, and if you feel inspired, please remove trash left by others!
  • Avoid walking on the sandy dunes above the tide line, as you could step on a turtle nest.
  • Avoid unnecessary lighting (such as flashlights and camera flashes) at night; the moon should be the only light present, and will guide the hatchlings to the sea.
  • If you see a turtle coming ashore to nest at night, observe and enjoy from a distance, but do not approach the turtle.

2. Participate in habitat restoration events aimed at improving sea turtle nesting beaches. Clean-up events such as Baynanza (in April) and the International Coastal Clean Up (third Saturday in September) provide opportunities for hands-on work with meaningful results. Call 305-230-1144 for more information about how you can get involved!

3. Report injured or dead turtles to Biscayne National Park (if the turtle is observed within park boundaries) at 305-230-1144, x3112 or to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 305-956-2500 or 1-800-404-3922. Also report if you observe others disturbing a turtle or a nest.

4. Spread the word about sea turtles and the challenges they face. You don't need to be an expert or a teacher. A little bit of knowledge and a lot of passion will go a long way. Talk to your friends, your relatives, your neighbors, and anyone else who will listen about the issues facing sea turtles today and what each of us can do to promote their conservation.

***Remember, because all sea turtles in Florida are classified as 'threatened' or 'endangered', these sea turtles are afforded special protection under U.S. Federal law. It is illegal to tamper with turtles and their nests, and special permits are needed for any work affecting and/or involving sea turtles, even if those activities will benefit the turtles.

Click here to return to the Sea Turtle Main Page, or click on one of the links below to learn more about sea turtles:

 
A park employee assists a sea turtle hatchling that was unable to climb out of its nest on its own
While assessing a nest that had successfully produced many hatchlings, park staff found this baby loggerhead turtle at the bottom of the nest cavity, struggling to climb out of the nest on its own.  The turtle was released in the ocean and may someday return to the very same beach to lay its own eggs.
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Did You Know?

The Sweeting Family

For 50 years, four generations of the Sweeting family thrived on Biscayne National Park's Elliott Key. Here they raised pineapples, salvaged wrecked ships, went to school, worshipped and played at the northern end of Florida's Keys.