Shielding Lights for Sea Turtles

Beaches in Northeast Florida are a major nesting ground for loggerhead sea turtles. For this reason, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Commission conducted a beach lighting survey of the area. Artificial lighting affects the survival of sea turtles that hatch on the beach. The hatchlings usually emerge at night and crawl toward the brightest horizon, which is the ocean. But artificial lights confuse the hatchlings and cause them to crawl toward roads and away from the ocean. The survey suggested there were seven lights in Atlantic Beach that needed "turtle shields" to keep light from dispersing and confusing the hatchlings. 

Sea Turtle Nest

The City of Atlantic Beach contacted JEA with a request for the turtle shields and they were installed in December 2012 with JEA assuming the cost of labor and installation, while the City of Atlantic Beach agreed to pay for the shields.

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