The natural phenomenon of marine turtle nesting has once again arrived on Greater Fort Lauderdale’s 23 miles of moonlit Blue Wave beaches. Each year almost 2,000 turtle nests are deposited along the beach, resulting in as many as 150,000 hatchlings making their way to the ocean.
Sea turtle season, which began in March and ends in October, is also ripe with opportunity to witness the brave little hatchlings making their late-night trek to the Atlantic. And for those who want to participate in the magical moment, there are several programs designed to educate participants about sea turtles and help them witness turtle nesting firsthand. Spaces fill quickly, so make reservations as soon as possible.
Turtle Treks of Terramar, hosted by Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, meet at 3104 NE Ninth St., near Sunrise Boulevard and A1A in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights June 16 through Aug. 27.
The adventure begins when you hit the sand with Sea Turtle Oversight Protection staff after a brief presentation. You will have a rare opportunity to possibly witness newborn sea turtles emerging from a nest, while seeing the threats they face and observing our trained staff rescuing turtles that mistakenly scurry to the bright city lights. After all are safely recovered, celebrate their release at the ocean’s edge as these ancient mariners get another chance to continue their epic journey of survival.
Turtle Treks take place in evenings during peak sea turtle nesting season (June- September). 100% of the Turtle Trek proceeds help fund rescue operations. http://seaturtleop.com/index.php/turtle-walk. Contact Siouxzen Whitecloud (954) 404-0025 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
FACT: Terramar means “from land to sea,” which is the direction sea turtle hatchlings should go once they emerge from their sandy nests.
The Museum of Discovery and Science invites families to participate in an exciting evening of sea turtle discovery and wonder! The annual evening Turtle Walks occur in June and July 2018. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about sea turtle nesting and nature permitting, observe a loggerhead sea turtle lay her eggs and then head out to sea.
At 9:00 p.m., the Turtle Walk adventure begins at the Museum of Discovery and Science with an informative presentation by Museum staff about the plight of sea turtles. Guest will then meet at the beach where Museum expert guides will scout the beach looking for nesting sea turtles. Once a turtle is found and has begun the egg-laying process, guests will be led down the beach to witness this unforgettable experience. Please note: nesting is not dependent upon weather, tides, or moon phases, and we cannot guarantee a nesting event each time.
The journey continues to Fort Lauderdale beach where Museum expert guides lead guests to the sea turtle’s nesting grounds to look for amazing sea turtles. While we cannot guarantee a sea turtle will be spotted on every walk, when it does happen, it is a natural wonder that no one will ever forget.
The loggerhead (scientific name Caretta caretta) is the most abundant sea turtle nesting in Florida. The loggerhead sea turtle, whose name refers to its large head, can weigh up to 400 pounds and has a life span of approximately 30-60 years. Loggerheads are a protected species and can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea. They spend most of their life in saltwater and estuarine habitats, with females briefly coming ashore to lay eggs. The loggerhead sea turtle has a low reproductive rate; females lay an average of four egg clutches and then become quiescent, producing no eggs for two to three years. A female loggerhead sea turtle may travel thousands of miles to return to the area where she hatched as a baby to lay her own eggs as an adult.
Guests should be prepared to walk approximately one to two miles, and provide their own transportation and snacks. Participants must be 9 years of age or older. White lights and flashes are not permitted on the beach. Advance reservations are required as space is limited. Please call 954.713.0930 to make reservations or purchase online at: https://turtlewalks2018.brownpapertickets.com Prices are $19 for members and $21 for non-members.