Beach Clean Up Saves Turtles
Advanced Dentistry South Florida was at it again – Volunteering with a Beach Clean Up!
There was brutal heat on July 7th, but this did not stop the team at Advanced Dentistry South Florida from combing the sand to find trash that hatching turtles may find and eat thinking it is food during a beach clean up. This annual volunteer beach clean up day helps the marine life to survive and keeps the beautiful beaches clean. Advanced Dentistry is about much more than making the patients happy. They are focused on giving back to the community in many ways.
Sea turtle nesting season in South Florida is from March 31st to October 31st.
So far in 2018, there have been 18 Leatherbacks, 685 Loggerheads and 16 Green Turtle nests!
When a nest has been laid, Marine Turtle Specialists record the location and mark off the area with orange flagging tape. Every morning, the marked nests are checked for signs of predation and other activity. About two months after a nest is laid, it will hatch and roughly one hundred tiny sea turtle hatchlings will make their way to the water. This usually happens at night.
Turtle Specialists look for hatchling tracks on their morning surveys. They mark each nest that has hatched.
Turtles often swallow plastic, which then gets stuck in their stomachs, causing them to feel full. There have also been instances where turtles become entangled in debris, ultimately losing their flippers. As you can imagine, the beach needed some extra attention after the holiday festivities.
Instead of a lazy Saturday morning, our family got up early to come help save the turtles. It is important to my family as we are Palm Beach County natives. We all need to pull together and help save our beaches and the marine life.- Cheyenne, Dental Assistant
In addition to our beach clean ups, you can do your part to help the turtles by turning off lights. Baby Sea Turtles instinctively travel towards the brightest light to follow the moon light to the ocean. When a sea turtle sees a light that is on a building or streetlight, it can get confused and crawl to the light rather than the ocean. During nesting season, please turn off outside lights or use turtle friendly lighting if you are close to an area that may have sea turtles.
If you’d like to join the team next year, please follow the facebook page or contact the office. www.ad-sf.com
Fun Fact: A small take away was that the crew that looks out after the sea turtles will put cayenne pepper on the top of a nest if they think another animal is trying to get to the eggs.
For more information on beach clean ups, contact https://www.gumbolimbo.org/