Friday, June 4, 2010

See Sea Turtles, Ft. Lauderdale

Every year thousands of sea turtles make their way onto the beaches at night and lay their eggs deep in the sand. Weeks later , tiny hatchling turtles dig their way out and crawl to the sea. It is estimated there 1,900 nests and 150,000 hatchlings in the area of Ft. Lauderdale, just over 20 miles north of Miami.
There are guided trips visitors can go on in hopes of witnessing the awesome sight of a giant sea turtle making her nest. These trips fill up fast and only so many people can go due to protection of the sea turtles. There are no guarantees of sightings, but you can be pretty sure to see turtles during June, July and August. One tour lets visitors watch a hatchling release.
I have been to Ft. Lauderdale in the summer with my niece and we tried to get on one of the tours, but the week we were there, they were filled up. If you're planning to go, call ahead. Guided tours minimize disruption for the sea turtles and you can learn a lot.
With the moonlight you might get to see a 400-pound Loggerhead sea turtle emerge from the ocean and lay her eggs. The Museum of Discovery & Science offers a program about sea turtles on a guided tour. The museum has a resident female Loggerhead, Dulce. The program starts at the museum at 9 p.m. and ends at approximately 1 a.m. There is a fee, r.s.v.p is required. Learn more here:
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island offers rehabilitation for sea turtles and non-sea turtles. They have a wonderful education center and also have guided walking tours of nesting turtles. Visit them at
For more information about sea turtles and guided tours, visit our website;

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