Sea Turtle Nesting- Sarasaota, Siesta Key, Venice

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Redfoot

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Heading down to see the in laws later this week and we wanted to (hopefully) see nesting turtles. Looks like there are tour companies on the east coast that offer FWC approved tours, but nothing on the Gulf coast.

We were thinking of going out at night or early AM to see if we can witness any nesting or hatching- Any tips, tricks or ideas? We will be about 15 minutes from Siesta Key.

Mote seems to have control of the monitoring and oversight in the area, and they do not offer any public opportunities that I know of.

Any help is appreciated

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Honestly, I’d be surprised if anyone did tours. I’m definitely surprised that there are tours on the east coast. The organizations like Mote and others are tight lipped about nests and such.

I do some work with another organization that does a lot of work with turtles. As such, I have access to some information on nests, but even the number of nests identified is not permitted to be released to the public.

Generally, if nests are identified in a public beach area, they will be roped off and marked. Close observation is definitely discouraged.
 
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