In Florida and other states where sea turtles nest, turtle watches are conducted by trained and permitted individuals. The goal is to educate people about sea turtles through direct contact, without disturbing the turtles.
If you are interested in going on a sea turtle watch, visit Sea Turtle Watches at the Barrier Island Center to learn more.
Sometimes people encounter sea turtles on their own while walking on the beach at night during nesting season. If this happens to you, here are some simple rules to follow:
Do not disturb tracks left by turtles. Researchers sometimes use the tracks to identify the type of turtles that nested and to find and mark the nests.
If you find a dead, sick, or injured sea turtle, call the stranding number in your area. Please be prepared to answer the following questions:
If the turtle is alive, you may be asked to stay with it until help arrives.
Call FWCC's 24-hour Wildlife Alert Number at 888-404-3922. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., you may also page the FWCC directly by dialing 800-241-4653 and entering the ID# 274-4867. Please be sure to include your area code when paging.
Call the Georgia Stranding Hotline at 912-269-7587.
Call the NMFS SEFSC Beaufort Laboratory Stranding Hotline at 252-444-8064.
Call the South Carolina Stranding Hotline at 800-922-5431.
Call the Puerto Rico Stranding Hotline at 787-538-4684 or 787-645-5595.