Dark Skies and Sea Turtles

Sea Turtle at Night Sky Walk

Sea Turtle at Night Sky Walk

Bruce Graner

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Sea turtles have long lived in the dark, until now. City lights on the horizon can pale the dark night sky inhibiting the ancient trek of juvenile sea turtles. Education, through Gulf Islands National Seashore's Night Sky Walk, gives hands-on experience with these nesting reptiles. Kids of all ages can touch a taxidermied turtle and mimic the excavating of a nest cavity. Through the dark sky experience visitors immerse themselves in an ancient ritual of sky navigation.