Happy World Sea Turtle Day!

By: Surfside Jun 17, 2019

Across the globe, World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated on June 16th with various events to show support for the conservation of sea turtles. In Surfside, we observe this important movement 365 days of the year with initiatives around town that highlight how committed we are to preserving and protecting these amazing creatures. Read on to learn more about Surfside’s commitment to sea turtle conservation.  


The History:

World Sea Turtle Day would not be properly celebrated without acknowledging Dr. Archie Carr, also known as the “father of sea turtle biology.” Dr. Carr’s research highlighted the importance of sea turtles, like the fact that they keep the population of sponges and jellyfish in check. Dr.Carr adamantly educated the public on why these ancient animals are so vital to our oceans as well as our society. World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated on Dr. Carr’s birthday, June 16th, to remind everyone of the movement Dr. Carr created and the legacy he left behind.


How to Celebrate: 

1. Recycle: over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic waste.

2. Turn off your lights: If you are a beach-front resident simply turning off your lights will help hatching turtles find their natural sense of direction. 

3. Beach clean-up: Surfside is underway on a major beach revitalization this summer to help preserve our beaches and help our nesting friends find their way home. 

4. Spread the word: Simply telling a friend, family member or neighbor about sea turtle awareness helps the cause. Educating yourself on these issues and how to help are key in keeping these animals alive and well. 


Surfside’s Coloring Book Shows Commitment to Sea Turtles 

As a scenic oceanfront community and popular destination (for both humans and Loggerhead Sea Turtles), the Town of Surfside is passionate about conserving the ocean and marine life. As a popular home to sea turtles during nesting season, which runs from May to October, Surfside takes great part in educating the public about sea turtle nests. 


To help inform our town about the Florida Loggerhead sea turtle, Surfside created a coloring book titled “The Adventures of Surfy the Surfside Sea Turtle.” Cute, colorful and full of interesting facts, the coloring book is Surfside’s way of spreading the word about sea turtle conservation and helping to educate the public about how important these sea creatures are to our habitats. 

The Story 

The coloring book was created to be fun, informative and both enlighten and educate the young and the young at heart. Throughout its pages, readers will follow Surfy and her adventures from hatchling to adult as she surfs her first waves, navigates the perils of the ocean, and returns to Surfside to nest. The book showcases some Surfside architectural icons, what happens in a turtle’s life cycle, and illustrates many of the dangers that pose a threat to sea turtle survival. Along the way, readers will also learn fun facts about these majestic sea animals.


If you’re around town or at the community center, pick up a copy of the coloring book and see why Surfside is so passionate about these beautiful creatures!  


Surfside Says No to Plastic Straws 

Serious about conservation efforts, Surfside has banned single-use plastic straws, and most recently has expanded that to include most single use plastic. Plastic straws make up a large portion of sea and beach litter and can easily be mistaken for food by a hungry sea turtle. Since turtles often snack on jellyfish for food, decomposing straws can often look the same when floating in the water and after seeing hundreds of turtles rescued off of Florida’s shores with injuries from eating or encountering plastic, Surfside had to take a stand. Taking this step is a giant leap forward in protecting our oceans. 


Sea Turtle Fun Facts:  

1. Turtles don’t have teeth.

2. They have been around for almost 150 million years.

3. Leatherback sea turtles travel more than 10,000 miles every year.

4. They can hold their breath for up to five hours.

5. Some breeds can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.

6. Females lay up to 150 eggs every two to three years.

7. Male sea turtles spend their entire lives at sea.

8. Their gender is assigned by the temperature of the environment they were laid in. Warmer temperatures produce more females, whereas cooler temperatures result in more males. 

9. They typically live up to 100 years.

10. They are totally adorable. 


Surfside’s Eco Ways

Want to learn more about our eco-friendly practices? Visit our community center and sign up for a turtle information session or visit our sea turtle page on our website to learn more!


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