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Clearwater says 'lights out' to protect sea turtles

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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) - Did you know baby sea turtles find their way to the sea by following light?

The newly hatched turtles follow natural light reflected by the water. Because of this, ordinances in the City of Clearwater determine specific lighting requirements for beach parking lots, streets, and promenades.

The city asks that if you live near the beach to make sure you shut off or dim your lights at night. Doing this can reduce the amount of artificial light that reaches turtle nests and will help hatchlings reach the water safely.

The Tampa Bay area averages about 120 nests each season, and each nest can contain an average of 100 to 110 eggs.

Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1 and ends Oct. 31.

The city says if you are lucky enough to find a turtle nest on the beach, don't disturb it. If the nest is unmarked, notify the Clearwater Marine Aquarium at (727) 441-1790.

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