Listen Up Beachgoers!

By: Kati Weis Email
By: Kati Weis Email

It's sea turtle nesting season, and the endangered creatures have made their way back to the Emerald Coast.

Panma City Turtle Watch officials say they work hard to protect the Loggerhead turtles, and they need the help of beachgoers to help ensure their safety.

Sea turtle nests have been found in six different locations across Panama City Beach so far.

Turtle Watch officials give several tips to beachgoers so as not to disturb them during this crucial period.

Here are some general rules of thumb from the Panama City Turtle Watch:

Don't shine lights on them or take pictures of them with flash.

Don't leave any items on the beach when leaving for the day, including tents, chairs, and trash, as they could scare or distract the turtles from nesting. This includes tents, chairs, and trash, as they could scare or distract the turtles from nesting.

Leave the animals and their nests plenty of space. Don't set your beach chair right next to a roped-off nesting ground.

Remember to fill any holes you dig in the sand because turtles could get stuck in them.

If you see a turtle crawling on the beach, call the state hotline at 888-404-3922.


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