The City of Cape Canaveral is home to an abundance of wildlife, including three native species of sea turtles: the loggerhead, the leatherback and the green turtle. All three of these species are endangered or threatened, which is why we ask residents and visitors to take special precautions during sea turtle nesting season, which began on March 1 and runs to October 31.
There are plenty of ways you can help save the sea turtles all year long whether or not you’re at the beach!
- Level sandcastles and fill in holes before you head home – little flippers cannot overcome these obstacles!
- Take all your trash from the beach before you leave.
- Do not disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings or sea turtle eggs.
- Skip the straw at restaurants or bars.
- Never deliberately release balloons, especially near coastal regions or other bodies of water.
- Pack groceries in reusable bags, and bypass plastic carryout bags whenever possible.
- Invest in a reusable water bottle.
- Adhere to local beach-facing light ordinances – in Cape Canaveral: Lights Out @ 9 p.m. May 1 – Oct 31
For more information about sea turtles please visit the City’s sea turtle webpage.