Each year from May 1st – October 31st, four different species of sea turtles come to nest along the beaches of Destin and South Walton. The Loggerhead, Green, Leatherback, and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles lay their eggs in the dunes along the coast.
Because sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act, it is our job to help protect them as much as we can. If you see a sea turtle on the beach, please do not disturb it. Please do not touch the nesting sites, collect all of your belongings when you leave the beach, and cover any deep holes that you see along the beach. Also, if you are enjoying the beach at night, please be cautious when using bright lights. The bright lights can disorient and confuse the sea turtles when finding their way back to the water.
Sea turtles return to the same beaches in which they were born to nest. So, let’s try to protect their homes as much as we can. For more information on how to help the sea turtles and their nesting process visit Walton Outdoors.