Do Flashlights Hurt Sea Turtles?

Flashlights don’t HURT sea turtles. 

FACT:  Flashlights do not physically harm sea turtles.  Sea turtles do not see well on land, they see bright and dark.  The bright white lights can distract them or scare them off.  This can cause a nesting turtle to return to the ocean without nesting or cause a hatchling to wander in the wrong direction away from the ocean.  Keeping our beaches as dark as possible is the best way we can ensure our turtles are successful in their journeys.