Panama City, FL –
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – As sea turtles begin to nest along the Forgotten Coast, tourists are making their own mark on Florida beaches. On St. George’s Island, garbage and beach gear aren’t the only things left.
“Often people who stay in houses go out, they dig deep holes. There was one that was probably six feet deep once. People went out and bought some lumber and were building something in it and it was just for their kids while they were here on vacation, ”Franklin County Sheriff AJ Smith said.
Sheriff Smith said the large holes pose a huge safety hazard and interrupt sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs. These reptiles, weighing up to 300 pounds, were found trapped in these man-made holes.
“And she will continue to try to find her way. But she can’t climb a slope like these holes so she can dehydrate and die before we can reach her, ”said Kimberly Crossen, Assistant Coordinator of the St. George Island Sea Turtle Patrol.
Crossen also explains that large holes also affect other beachgoers and first responders who rush to an emergency.
“Not only is this a challenge for our turtles, but it can also cause a problem for pets, if our rescue vehicles have to go to the beach to rescue someone struggling in the water,” he said. said Crossen.
The Sea Turtle Patrol and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department are asking you to throw out your trash, stop leaving your beach supplies behind, and keep beaches flat. For more information on how you can help, visit the St. George Island Turtle Volunteers Facebook page.
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