The City of Clearwater, Fla. announces the start of the annual sea turtle nesting season, lasting from May to October. Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) works tirelessly to preserve the environmental integrity of the destination, spearheading turtle nesting initiatives for Pinellas County. In support of CMA’s efforts, Clearwater’s beachfront communities in loggerhead turtle nesting areas go completely black during the season.
The conservation of sea turtles is vital to both the beach and marine ecosystem. An essential area for nesting loggerheads, Pinellas County’s beachfront area averages about 120 nests per season, each containing approximately 100 eggs. Each year loggerhead sea turtles arrive on the area’s beaches, sometimes from thousands of miles away. These turtles return to the beaches where they were born, sometimes decades before. Clearwater Marine Aquarium volunteers, interns, and staff patrol 26 miles of beach, working to keep nests safe during incubation and guiding hatchlings to the ocean once hatched.
As a family-friendly and award-winning Gulf Coast destination, the City of Clearwater and its residents are committed to preserving the area’s miles of pristine beaches. Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and when possible, the release of sea creatures big and small, CMA provides visitors exclusive opportunities to experience Clearwater’s rich aquatic offerings. Go to www.visitclearwaterflorida.com and www.seewinter.com/sea-turtle-nesting for more information.
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining, and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.