Remove all beach chairs, umbrellas, and other items at the end of the day to avoid obstruction during sea turtle nesting season. Flatten sand castles and fill in holes at the end of your beach visit to create a safe path for nesting females and sea turtle hatchlings.
Between May through October, from dusk until dawn, turn all exterior lights visible from the beach off from dusk to dawn and avoid flashlights, fireworks, and bonfires on the beach. If you must use a flashlight, apply a red filter or covering to make it sea turtle safe.
Approaching within 50 yards of a sea turtle is illegal. Please observe from a distance. Do not feed, or attempt to feed, any marine turtles. If you encounter a sea turtle while you are in a water vehicle, please slow down and operate at a no-wake speed.
Approaching within 50 yards of a sea turtle nest is illegal. Please observe from a distance.
If the animal appears to be injured or dead, call to notify the appropriate authorities. To report a stranded animal in Alabama, call 1-(866)-SEA-TURT (1-866-732-8878), and in Florida, call 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922)