Waiting on turtles

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Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:23 pm

So second night of sitting on beach hoping to see turtles hatch
Will post video if can
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Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:13 am

livinglarge wrote:So second night of sitting on beach hoping to see turtles hatch
Will post video if can
FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATION VIOLATION: It is illegal to shoot photos with a camera or video camera using a flash at nighttime of sea turtles, or their hatchlings on any coastal beach or other shores in the state of Florida.

However, if you have a camera or video camera that has infrared capability that would be allowed. My (2) Nikon SLR Cameras cost about $6,500.00 each not including a lens and does not have infrared capability for night vision.

There are infrared cameras that can shoot both still photos and videos for nigh vision. I recommended the camera below to Cathy Holmes, Project Director of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Cathy and I are both certified as Florida Master Naturalist for Coastal Systems.

Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera
Low light Still Frame and Video Camera
$2,498.00 (See link below)


B&H Video & Camera – New York, NY
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1 ... gital.html

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Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:04 pm

Thanks Kenny for the heads up.
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Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:53 pm

livinglarge wrote:Thanks Kenny for the heads up.
Your intentions were certainly good and you like so many people that live here or visit Navarre Beach may not understand the impacts of lights regarding sea turtles.

It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests. Sea turtles are protected by both the Federal Endangered Species Act and the Florida Marine Protection Act.

Why you should keep lights out along the beach

For millions of years female sea turtles have been coming ashore to lay their eggs on beaches. In the past the hatchling turtles were guided to the ocean by an instinct to travel away from the dark silhouettes of the dune vegetation and toward the brightest horizon which was the light from the sky reflecting off the ocean. In present times however, many coastal areas are highly populated. There are many artificial lights near the beach that can deter females from nesting and disorient hatchling sea turtles. The hatchlings travel inland, toward the artificial lights, where they often die from dehydration, are preyed upon by fire ants and ghost crabs, or sometimes crawl onto the road where they are run over by cars. Light can cause a major disruption in the natural behavior of the turtles. Do not use any flashlights, flash photography, or video equipment if you see a sea turtle at night. This can cause a female to false crawl or lead a hatchling away from the water.

If you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC from your cell phone. Please be prepared to answer the following questions: What is the exact location of the animal? Is the turtle alive or dead? What is the approximate size of the turtle? Is the turtle marked with spray paint? (This indicates that the turtle has been documented.) What is the location of the closest access point to the turtle?
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