As one of South Florida’s most natural thrills, it is always amazing to most that some 3,000 enormous sea turtles still lumber onto South Florida’s beaches at night to lay their eggs.
Every summer, March through October, our pristine beaches are decorated with neon colored tape and signs to show where these ancient creatures have buried their nest.
Under the pale light the moon shines onto the beaches, turtle nesting season is such an awe-inspiring scene to watch. As the sea turtles wade their way up to the beach to dig holes in the sand and lay their eggs to then disappear back into the deep blue.
Up and down the beautiful Atlantic Coast, you can witness this amazing spectacle yourself as many environmental groups and parks organize the summer nighttime sea turtle walks in the months of June and July. A couple months later, the tiny hatchlings you watched the enormous female sea turtle lay eggs will be hatched and emerge from the sand to scuttle to the water.
John U. Lloyd Beach in Dania Beach, the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, Gumbo Limo Nature Center in Boca Raton and Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach along with several others that offer group tours beginning with an informational session, required by state law.
“Enjoy an evening of sea turtle exploration and identification while uncovering the natural history and myths of turtles. With a little luck and weather permitting you might just see a 300-pound loggerhead venture out of the ocean to lay her eggs.”