Each year from early May to late October, loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to build a nest and deposit their eggs. Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and volunteers set out in the early morning hours to track any activities. Nest are roped off and tagged to minimize people disturbing the area.
It takes roughly 45-60 days for turtles to incubate. Hatchlings then return to the sea after making an arduous trek across the sand.
For this reason, beach visitors are asked to remove debris and make sure the sand runway to the Gulf of Mexico is without impediments.
Loggerhead sea turtles are a threatened species protected by federal and state laws. For questions, contact the Clearwater Marine Aquarium or to report anyone disturbing turtles or nest, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-3922.