From May 1 through October 31, the area beaches host an unusual marine visitor - the sea turtle. These magnificent animals emerge from the surf at night to lay their eggs in nests dug into the dry sand, then return to the sea. Two months later, about a hundred baby turtles (hatchlings) emerge from each of these nests and crawl to the ocean. This amazing cycle of Mother Nature is thousands of years old.
Our government has taken several steps to protect these gentle creatures and the fragile dune area. Beach driving and parking is prohibited west of an established dune conservation zone and beachfront lighting at night is limited. The tiny hatchlings can be confused by bright lights and stray west onto busy Highway A1A.
Please do the following when on the beach during sea turtle season:
To learn more about these majestic sea creatures visit the Marine Science Center, located at 100 Lighthouse Dr. in beautiful Ponce Inlet. You'll be able to view sea turtles up-close at the rehabilitation facility, as well as rescued sea birds and a kid-friendly teaching lab -- complete with microscopes! For more sea turtle tips, visit Volusia.org.
Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
126 East Orange Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 255-0415 | (800) 854-1234