A baby loggerhead turtle (source: Wikimedia Commons)
Every year from early March through the end of October, Brevard County becomes the home of hundreds of nesting sea turtles. Green, leatherback and loggerhead turtles emerge from the waves of the Atlantic Ocean and converge upon Space Coast beaches. They dig deep to lay more than 100 eggs at a time (called a clutch). They return numerous times to lay more clutches throughout the season. After 45 to 70 days, hatchlings make a mad dash for the ocean — but usually only at night.
Beginning May 1, bright lights, cameras, flashes and most artificial lighting is prohibited on most local beaches due to the nesting and hatching season. Artificial lighting discourages mother turtles from nesting, and it