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Hatchling Incident in Key West

Earlier this week, Key West Police Officer Randy Perez and Samantha Plencner, Program Director at the Key West Wildlife Center, rescued several baby turtles that visited Pier House Resort & Spa in Key West. Instead of naturally heading to the water, they were confused by deck lighting and wandered toward danger.

This is a prime example of light pollution disorienting and impacting baby sea turtles. Hatchlings are often disturbed by artificial light that mimics the look of naturally-lit beaches that draw them to the ocean.

A few reminders from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

  • Do not use flashlights or cell phone lights on the beach after dark.

  • Turn off lights or close curtains to prevent inside lights from shining on the beach.

  • Stay at least 50 feet away from nests.

Read our letter to the resort below:

Hatchling Incident Letter 072022
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