Small Beginnings, Big Things! How to protect Pensacola’s other resident, the sea turtle

Eager beachgoers aren't the only ones flocking to our beaches. Sea turtle nesting season is officially underway and officials are advising everyone to take precautions to keep these sea turtles protected. Guided by the light of the moon, the baby sea turtles instinctively head for the Gulf.  Any artificial lighting, pollution, and habitat encroachment can prevent them from getting there safely.

Experience Sea Turtle

The Sea Turtle Baby Shower on August 11th is a time to welcome these new hatchings and learn more about their habitat.  Kids and adults will be able to participate in games and activities that will educate them in their role on protecting this precious wildlife.  Attendees will be able to take the Sea Turtle Pledge and earn a turtle charm, meet Meg the Mermaid, and play the turtle excluder game. 

The National Park Service will have real turtle shells on display. “How Do You Measure Up” photo op will be available for pictures. Turtle crafts and tattoos will be available throughout the event provided by Margaritaville Beach Hotel. Other events include the Happy Hatcher Relay Race which demonstrates why it’s important for beachgoers to fill in holes and leave no trace behind when visiting the beach. The Sea Turtle Survivor game reveals how hard it is for baby turtles to escape their predators and make it into adulthood. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center will display the “Floating in the Gulf” Demo which will amaze everyone at how quickly careless actions lead to dirty water.

While most of the activities are free, the PBA Beachkeepers will have $1 “Guess the Hatchling Date” and the ECUA will have the quench buddy providing souvenir sport bottles for sale.      

We hope you’ll join us for this year’s Turtley Awesome Baby Shower at LandShark Landing from 11am – 2pm (165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, on the Margaritaville Beach Hotel property).  The event is free and open to the public.