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Beach Ettiquette, Jacksonville: 3 reviews and 3 photos

When visiting the beach you may notice from time to time that a tiny area up near one of the dunes -- maybe two square feet in size -- has been marked off by four short stakes wrapped with neon orange tape. This marker designates a sea turtle nest site. Sea turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs in a small pit that the mother digs in the sand. During nesting season, special patrols on four wheelers scan the beach shortly after sunrise in search of new nesting sites. If they find one (usually indicated by turtle tracks or a burrow imprint), the sea turtle patrol marks off the nest so that beachgoers don't accidently step on it. Generally, these nests are made pretty far up on the beach and out of the way of people at play anyway, so they don't ever cause a problem. Nevertheless, tiny sea turtle hatchlings have a hard enough time surviving their march back to sea, so the least we can do is keep an eye out so the little guys at least have a chance.

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  • Written Jun 18, 2004
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