If Amelia Island’s sea turtle nesting trend continues throughout the season, 2016 may be a record breaker for this northeast Florida barrier island.
Beach visitors need to be aware of Amelia Island ordinance, the “carry on, carry off” rule. Don’t leave anything on the beach after 8 pm.
A ritual dating back millions of years takes place in spring on Florida beaches, when horseshoe crabs mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ask the public to report sightings.
One of the best educational experiences at the beach on Amelia Island is observing a sea turtle nest excavation. Watch this video for a glimpse of what you might see during these digs.
The threatened GOPHER TORTOISE has a presence in all 67 Florida counties, dwelling in dunes and upland habitat “including forests, pastures and yards.”
BEWARE RIP CURRENTS: A dream day at the seashore can quickly turn into a nightmare. Always enter the ocean near lifeguard stations.
The horseshoe crabs’ blue blood has been called a “medical miracle,” and the “biomedical equivalent of gold.” One quart of horseshoe crab blood is reportedly worth $15,000.
Visitors of the night, sea turtles land on Amelia Island to deposit eggs and venture back to sea. The first two sea turtle nests of the 2014 season were rare leatherbacks, the world’s largest turtle.