Sea Turtle Nest Adoptions

Symbolically Adopt an Animal

SEA TURTLE NESTING

While sea turtles spend most of their life in warm and temperate waters, female sea turtles create nests and lay eggs on the beach.  During peak nesting periods, female sea turtles dig a nest, lay 70-190 eggs (depending on the species), bury the eggs and return to the ocean.  After 50-60 days of incubation, the eggs hatch and make their way to the ocean at night to avoid predators and heat exhaustion. These hatchlings look for light cues from the ocean waves and the horizon.  Artificial lightning can disorient them and prevent the turtles from reaching the ocean.  In 2017, over 50,000 nests were recorded in the state of Florida by the FWC. It is estimated that only one in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood.

OUR WORK

Here in Pinellas County, FL, sea turtle nesting season extends from May-October. Primarily, we encounter loggerheads nesting on our beaches but on rare occasions have encountered Kemp’s Ridleys or Green Sea Turtles. As incubation times range between 50-60 days, we begin to look for hatching activity 45 days after our first nest discovery. Hatching activity is identified by tracks emerging from the nest sites. Due to the dense population of Pinellas County, we have significant issues with artificial lighting causing hatchling disorientation events. CMA monitors the beaches for lighting issues and helps ensure the beaches are as safe as possible for the nesting turtles and their hatchlings.

Your symbolic adoption helps to provide animal care for 1 year

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Friend

Nesting Friend Adoption Kit

  • Digital adoption certificate
  • Photo and bio of selected animal
  • Monthly animal e-updates
  • Monthly CMA e-newsletter via email

PROTECTOR

Nesting Protector Adoption Kit

  • Adopt CMA tote with photo and bio of selected animal
  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Plush animal
  • CMA inspiration bracelets
  • Single one-time pass to CMA (does not expire)*
  • Monthly animal e-updates
  • Monthly CMA e-newsletter via email
*Passes are shipped from our warehouse and are to be used for future visits. Adoption kits cannot be purchased at ticketing.

GUARDIAN

Nesting Adoption Guardian Kit

  • Adopt CMA tote with photo and bio of selected animal
  • Personalized adoption certificate
  • Plush animal
  • CMA inspiration bracelets
  • Two one-time passes to CMA (does not expire)*
  • Documentary DVD
  • Monthly animal e-updates
  • Monthly CMA e-newsletter via email
*Passes are shipped from our warehouse and are to be used for future visits.  Adoption kits cannot be purchased at ticketing.

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