Florida boasts some of the most important nesting beaches for loggerhead sea turtles in the world. Our beaches also offer important nesting habitats for green and leatherback sea turtles, as well as the occasional Kemp's ridley and hawksbill turtle. Florida's waters provide important development habitat for many species of sea turtles in a variety of life stages.
All species of sea turtles in the world are either threatened or endangered. Sea turtles face many threats today that were not threats hundreds of years ago. Examples of these include:
Collisions with boats
Sky glow from artificial lighting
Interactions with commercial and recreational fishing gear
Loss of nesting habitat
Please visit Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, or continue to explore our website, to learn more about these threats and what you can do to help.