Sea turtle nesting areas are becoming scarce due to beach development and disturbances.

Sea Turtle   © Sophia Volzke

→  Trash on the beach can cause female turtles to return to sea instead of nesting.

→  The noise and activity of people may also cause females to disrupt their breeding.

→  Artificial lighting on beaches may indicate daylight and inhibit nocturnal nesting turtles.

→  Also hatchlings can become disoriented by lights when trying to find the surf.

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