+ Turtle nests continue to hatch
Turtles wrapped up nesting last month, but it’s still nesting season through Oct. 31.
Nests continue to hatch from Longboat Key to Venice, according to Mote Marine Laboratory — so keep those lights out and those beaches free of furniture and debris.
Mote also asks boaters to be vigilant when it comes to turtles. In September, it received and/or recovered seven boat-struck turtles. Typically, 25% of turtles Mote examines show signs of human interaction, such as boat strikes or entanglement. But in September, all seven turtles, two of which survived, showed such signs.