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South Walton Florida is a popular nesting spot for sea turtles.  The two most common species are Green Sea Turtles and Loggerheads.  The months of May through October are the times that the turtles build their nests in the sand and the hatchlings appear.

Loggerheads can reach weights up to 350 pounds and be up to 3 feet in length.  Females nest every two to four years and return to the exact same spot they were born to lay their eggs.  During nesting season, a female will create four to seven nests and lay more than 100 eggs in each nest.  After about 60 days, the eggs will hatch.  The light color of our sand affects the temperature of the nest, resulting in more male hatchlings than females.

To help protect our turtles and insure the greatest chance of success for their hatchlings, here are some helpful tips:

  1.  Keep the beaches clean and remove all belongs when you leave.
  2.  Keep the beaches dark at night.  Lighting can disorient the turtles.
  3.  Obtain a permit before constructing a beach bonfire and never build near a turtle nest.
  4.  Don’t leave holes on the beach.

The marine and wildlife population is a vital part of life on 30a.  Let’s all do our part to protect it while we enjoy it.