Turtle nesting season kicks off

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's officially May and that means more locals and visitors will be flocking to our beaches, but they'll be sharing the sands with some local wildlife.

Wednesday marked the start of sea turtle nesting season meaning beachgoers should keep an eye out for any turtle nests.

Turtle Watch officials say those on the beach should keep the sands clean, flat, and dark. They also say to leave only your footprints after your beach day is done and to not shine lights on the turtles.

Nancy Evou, the Assistant Director of Turtle Watch said, "The turtles are instinctively attracted to the brightest horizon. So, if they can't see that because you're flashing a light in their eyes, they're going to go to the road instead of back to the water."

Turtle Watch officials say if you spot a nesting turtle, contact Panama City Beach Police and they'll forward the information to Turtle Watch.

Officials also say to keep dogs away from any turtle nests and to not walk them on areas of the beach where they aren't allowed.

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