Sea turtles are also returning to Southwest Florida’s beaches for nesting season. So you might want to prepare yourself to share the sand. It’s that time of year when people hit popular spots like Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Sanibel Island Beach in Lee County, or Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, to enjoy our Florida beaches.  However, you should know that it’s not just humans who are drawn to these shores right now.  According to NBC2, Emily Longstreet, a student who’s been studying these fascinating creatures, says turtle nests are starting to pop up along the coast.

However, this year’s nesting season might not be as straightforward as usual. Hurricane Ian has caused the sand to become hard and compact, which could pose problems for the nesting turtles. Emily says that it’s not yet clear how much of an impact the storm will have on the turtles’ nesting habits. Nonetheless, it’s important to be aware of the potential challenges they face.

Sea Turtle Time:

One of the biggest threats that sea turtles face during their nesting season is predation. Emily explains that predation happens when an animal or a dog comes onto the beach and ruins the nest. She notes that they’ve already seen a few signs of predation this year, but thankfully there hasn’t been any digging so far. The coyotes that are sometimes seen in the area seem to be content just to look at the nests, rather than destroying them.

If you’re planning to head to the beach, it’s important to do your part to ensure that the turtles are safe. After dark, you should avoid crowding the beaches, as sea turtles can hatch sometime between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. It’s also crucial to leave the beach dark, clean, and flat, to make it as easy as possible for the hatchlings to make their way to the sea.

So be carful of the baby turtles! With a bit of care and attention, we can all help to make sure that the turtles have the best possible chance of survival. So, grab your sunscreen and your sense of adventure, and head to the beach to witness this miraculous event!

2 Florida Locations Have the Bluest Water in America

Travel and Leisure recently published a report that details 10 of the most stunning bodies of water in country. From sunny ocean spots, to lakes, to waterfalls these locations are simply breathtaking. Included in the list were two Florida locations that have the bluest water in America.

Dry Tortugas National Park

This is one of the most unique spots in the country. Dry Tortugas National Park lies west of Key West, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is made up of seven small islands and that are surrounded by coral reef. The park enclosed is roughly 47,000 acres. To arrive here, you must either take a boat or a seaplane. Therefore, it is not accessible by car.

Describing its blue waters, Travel and Leisure says, “Most of it is placid, turquoise, and filled with colorful marine life, making for some of the best snorkeling in the Sunshine State.”

Devil’s Den

Another destination recognized in the report was Devil’s Den. This spring is situated in Willston, about 20 miles south of Gainesville. It is a natural cave that is privately owned. The water has been known to consistently register around 72 degrees regardless of season. One of its main attractions is scuba diving. In fact, it is also a scuba training center where diving is available seven days a week. However, you must have proper certification as it the water has a maximum depth of 54 feet. Their are four lodging cabins at Devil’s Den. The property contains 120 feet of surface diameter.

Also mentioned on Travel and Leisure’s list was Crater Lake in Oregon, Jenny Lake in Wyoming, and Tenaya Lake and Lake Tahoe in California. Havasu Falls in Arizona was the spotlighted waterfall. Finally, as for beaches with the brightest blues, Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico and Lanikai Beach in Hawaii were among the best.

These two Florida locations that have the bluest water in America were the only east coast spots to make this feature.

  • Dry Tortugas National Park

    This home of Fort Jefferson offers swimming, fishing, and camping. Furthermore, it also has a wide array of bird life. You can bring your own boat up to the park, which offers various tours throughout the day. Or perhaps you’d prefer to hop in a kayak or on a paddleboard and simply explore the turquoise blue waters, that’s an option as well.

    Seaplane at Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

  • Devil's Den

    Devil’s Den has a dive platform in the middle due to its high level of Scuba and snorkel attraction. In addition, you must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult to visit. Their website explains the history by detailing, “On cold winter mornings you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the chimney opening. Thus, the early settlers gave the name Devil’s Den.”


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